At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we take great care to recommend only the best for our patients. We
regularly speak to clients about dental health for their pets, and often that includes having the pet’s
teeth cleaned under anesthesia.

One added benefit to the dental examination and cleaning under anesthesia is taking radiographs of
every tooth while the pet is anesthetized. This can reveal a lot of problems that need to be addressed
that we would otherwise be unaware of. In some cases, if we missed the problem, the pet would
continue to live with a very painful mouth.

Dental Radiographs-What's all the fuss about?

by  Dr. Becky Schaffer

Because of the very common cases, a dental procedure is not complete without taking radiographs of the teeth! Dental x-rays are included with every dental procedure at Byron Center Animal Hospital, and we will gladly review the x-rays with you when your pet is discharged. Please call today to set up a dental cleaning if you are noticing foul breath, wiggly teeth, or a painful mouth in your pet at home.

Dog patient. The circled teeth appear normal on examination. However, there are significant resorptive lesions noted on the radiographs. In dogs, if these lesions extend above the gum line, they are presumed to be very painful. Both were extracted.

Cat patient. The circled tooth appears to be missing, with only some redness noted on the gums. The radiograph reveals that the tooth has been resorbed, and the roots need to be extracted to avoid ongoing pain for the cat.



Here are two recent examples of why we x-ray every tooth, even if it looks normal on the surface:


May 2018