Perfoming dentistry without radiographs (xray) is impossible. During an oral exam we can only asses the half of the dental tissues. A lot of pathology can only be found with dental radiographs. Studies have shown that in 40% of dogs and cats we will not identify all the disease if we do not take full mouth radiographs. If we do not take radiographs we will miss pathology and leave your pet with a potentially painful mouth. In early 2013 we updated to digital dental radiology.
A lower mandibular first molar with an enamel defect that otherwise looks relatively normal
A firm blue swelling on the lower jaw of a shih tzu
The radiograph shows that this tooth is abscessed and is probably very painful
See the little tooth floating sideways. This confirms the diagnosis of a dentigerous cyst caused by an unerrupted mandibular first premolar. Surgery to remove that tooth was curative.
Digital patient monitor
High and low speed hand pieces, ultrasonic scaler, and air water syringe
While performing dental procedures our patients are monitored very closely. Real time measurements of the oxygen level in the blood, heart rate, and temperature. The blood pressure is measured every 2 minutes unless otherwise indicated.