Digital Dental Radiography with Less Radiation!
We use digital dental radiography at Broadway Animal Hospital. Digital x-rays are safer for your animals, using 75 to 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays, and no processing chemicals that pollute the environment.
Dental x-rays are essential to providing the best possible care for your pet's mouth. They are the only way that we can assess the health of a tooth’s internal structures such as the pulp cavity, its roots, and the surrounding bone. Often, lesions which are not visible at the time of physical examination become apparent after x-rays are taken while the patient is under general anesthesia.
The radiograph on the left shows us the lower jaw of one of our feline patients. He was brought to us for decreased appetite and weight loss. At the time of his examination, his teeth appeared to be normal and healthy, with minimal calculus and gingivitis. However, the x-ray tells us a different story! The arrow is pointing to a large cavity below the gumline which was not detectable when the patient was awake, and additionally, there are significant changes to the bone of his lower jaw, indicating that this disease had been present for quite a while with no outward signs. After the affected teeth were removed, this cat was back to eating and acting normally within days after surgery, and back to a normal, healthy weight a few months later.