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Here at Abbotskerswell Veterinary Centre we pride ourselves on providing the highest standard of care, and our dental treatment is no exception. We have a dedicated dental suite fully equipped with anaesthetic monitoring equipment and a state of the art digital x-ray system.

Why is dental x-ray so important?

Although dental x-ray has long been used in human dentistry it is a relatively new addition to the veterinary world and not yet common among first opinion practices. Being able to take x-rays is revolutionary to the way we perform a dental. A large proportion of dental disease happens below the gum line so without the benefit of dental x-rays it’s impossible to see exactly what’s going on.

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Externally this tooth appeared intact (far left) but a large cavity was revealed on x-ray examination

At Abbotskerswell Veterinary Centre all cats receive a full set of dental x-rays as standard. Dental x-ray is especially important in feline dentistry due to a condition called ‘feline odontoclastic resorbtion’. This is a common condition and results part of the tooth being reabsorbed by the body causing inflammation and pain. The majority of lesions start below the gum line and can only be diagnosed on x-ray . Diseased teeth need to be removed to prevent further discomfort.

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Feline Odontoclastic Resorbtive Lesion (FORL)- Far right tooth one root has been completely reabsorbed

All our canine patients have damaged or diseased teeth assessed using dental x-ray. Commonly dogs suffer from broken and chipped teeth which can result in pain and abscess formation if the nerve inside the tooth is exposed. With the benefit of dental radiography we are able to see whether the nerve is likely to be exposed and make an informed decision as to whether the tooth needs removing.

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Fractured canine tooth (far right) without exposure of the nerve

Where teeth have to be extracted, post-extraction x-rays are always taken to ensure that no fragments of the tooth remain. This is vital to the ongoing health of your pet’s teeth as leaving part of the root behind results in swelling and pain at the site of removal.

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Fragments of root before removal not visible above the gum line

In addition to having a full and thorough examination of their teeth your pet will have a professional scale and polish leaving you with a clean slate to continue your pet’s dental care.

What now?

Take advantage of our FREE nurse clinics to get practical advice on teeth brushing and dental care so that you can maintain those shiny white teeth for longer! You don’t need to have had a dental to come and see us- book an appointment now for a FREE nurse clinic to discuss your pet’s dental health.

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