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Why are Dental X-rays Necessary?

Dental X-rays Find Problems Hidden Under the Gums

COMMON PROBLEMS FOUND BY DENTAL X-RAYS

  • Bone loss
  • Root abscess
  • Resorbing tooth (dissolving tooth)
Dental X-rays are Necessary to Maintain a Healthy Mouth

HOW DENTAL X-RAYS HELP MAINTAIN ORAL HEALTH

  • Baseline: dental x-rays show current health status
  • Progress checks: dental x-rays show response to treatments
  • Pre-op evaluation: confirm tooth health before certain treatments


Dental X-rays Find Bone Loss (Periodontitis)
  • WITHOUT ANNUAL DENTAL X-RAYS, PETS CAN SUFFER FROM BONE INFECTION FOR YEARS.
  • Dental x-rays find bone loss early when it can be treated.
  • Even when teeth and gums look normal, dental x-rays might reveal bone loss.
Dental X-rays Find Bone Loss (Periodontitis)
  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer from bone infection for years.

  • DENTAL X-RAYS FIND BONE LOSS EARLY WHEN IT CAN BE TREATED.

  • Even when teeth and gums look normal, dental x-rays might reveal bone loss.


Dental X-rays Find Bone Loss (Periodontitis)
  • Dental x-rays find bone loss early when it can be treated.

  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer from bone infection for years.

  • EVEN WHEN TEETH AND GUMS LOOK NORMAL, DENTAL X-RAYS CAN REVEAL BONE LOSS.

Dental X-rays Find Abscessed Roots
  • BROKEN, DISCOLORED, CHIPPED, OR WORN TEETH AND TEETH WITH SEVERE BONE LOSS NEED DENTAL X-RAYS TO CHECK FOR ROOT ABSCESS.
  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer for years with abscessed roots.
  • Dental x-rays sometimes find a root abscess in a tooth that looks normal.
Dental X-rays Find Abscessed Roots
  • Broken, discolored, chipped, or worn teeth and teeth with severe bone loss need dental x-rays to check for root abscess.

  • WITHOUT ANNUAL DENTAL X-RAYS, PETS CAN SUFFER FOR YEARS WITH ABSCESSED ROOTS.

  • Dental x-rays sometimes find a root abscess in a tooth that looks normal.

Dental X-rays Find Abscessed Roots
  • Broken, discolored, chipped, or worn teeth and teeth with severe bone loss need dental x-rays to check for root abscess.

  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer for years with abscessed roots.

  • DENTAL X-RAYS SOMETIMES FIND A ROOT ABSCESS IN A TOOTH THAT LOOKS NORMAL.

Dental X-rays Find Root Resporption
  • TOOTH RESORPTION VISIBLE ABOVE THE GUM LINE IS OFTEN THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer for years with resorbing teeth.
  • Dental x-rays can find resorbing roots in a tooth that looks normal.
Dental X-rays Find Root Resporption
  • Tooth resorption visible above the gum line is often the tip of the iceberg.

  • WITHOUT ANNUAL DENTAL X-RAYS, PETS CAN SUFFER FOR YEARS WITH RESORBING(DISSOLVING) TEETH.

  • Dental x-rays can find resorbing roots in a tooth that looks normal.

Dental X-rays Find Root Resporption
  • Tooth resorption visible above the gum line is often the tip of the iceberg.

  • Without annual dental x-rays, pets can suffer for years with resorbing teeth.

  • DENTAL X-RAYS CAN FIND RESORBING ROOTS IN A TOOTH THAT LOOKS NORMAL.

COMPLETE DENTAL TREATMENT INCLUDES DENTAL X-RAYS
  • Without dental x-rays, pets will continue to suffer silently from dental pain and infection.
  • Pets need annual dental x-rays of all their teeth because they hide problems and they can’t tell us where it hurts.
One very important question to ask your vet:

“Doctor, will my pet have dental x-rays taken of every tooth to check for hidden problems?”