Here at Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic, we take great pride in our extensive dentistry program. We provide comprehensive dental care for our patients including digital dental x-rays.
In pets, just as with people, up to 70% of important dental findings occur beneath the gumline. To see beyond just the crowns of teeth and get an overall impression of periodontal health, x-rays are a critically necessary tool. During every dentistry, we take a full set of digital dental radiographs. Digital x-rays allow us to have each image on-screen in 5 seconds! This allows us to make rapid and well-informed decisions about the best treatments for our patients’ dental needs.
X-rays may be even more important for pets than for people, since our pets can not tell us if they have subtle oral pain or if a specific tooth is sensitive or damaged. By taking x-rays, we can help to save teeth which may otherwise require extraction, or decide to remove a tooth early in the course of disease and prevent a severe problem in the future.