Kleintierpraxis Dr. Gabriele Walb


Digital Dental X-ray

Despite no obvious symptoms, many of our patients suffer form chronic toothache. They might just appear to be “a little bit quieter”. More often than not the crown of the tooth is in near perfect condition, and it is actually a root which is causing major problems.

Dental x-rays, or radiography, has greatly enhanced the way we, as veterinarians, practice veterinary dentistry. So much of dental disease, such as periodontal disease, tooth root abscesses, jaw fractures, tumors, etc., occurs below the gumline, that dental radiography is an absolute necessity to practice veterinary dentistry. Dental radiography allows for diagnosis of certain diseases, plan for the appropriate treatment as well as monitoring for treatment success.

The relatively recent introduction of digital radiography has further advanced this diagnostic tool. Digital radiography has the advantages over conventional film radiographs in that it uses approximately 1/3 of x-radiation to create the image, the ability to enlarge the image to see small changes, increase or decrease contrast to help small lesions show up better.