Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic
Your dog’s or cat’s teeth are examined on the inside and in locations below the gum line that are difficult to detect using an X-ray machine that emits a little amount of radiation.
At Sondel Family Veterinary Clinic, we take the importance of dental X-rays in maintaining your pet’s oral health very seriously. When your dentist asks to take films of your mouth during routine appointments, you probably don’t hesitate, and the same should be true for your pets. Similar to how your dentist takes them for you, these intra-oral X-rays are taken with tiny plates that are inserted within the mouth. The only issue is that animals often require anesthesia for the procedure because they cannot successfully retain things in their mouths when awake.
As with any other X-ray, some radiation is used throughout the process, but the hazards are low and far outweigh the advantages.