Here at Parkside we are thrilled to have a dental x-ray unit. While this is not yet standard in most veterinary clinics, we are incredibly excited to be able to offer this service to our clients and patients.
If you have ever had a sore tooth, sensitivity to hot/cold or an absolute agonizing pain due to a mouth injury – you especially appreciate your own dentist’s professional care. Your pet also has the same issues; however they can’t tell you about it, and even if they could – it would be just as hard for them as it would be for you to pinpoint which tooth is the problem.
We see signs of tooth decay as the following:
- Bad breath
- Difficulty eating hard foods, weight loss
- Reluctance to chew on toys or rawhide treats
- General lethargy due to lack of energy and painfulness
- Or nothing at all – they are that good at hiding pain
So my veterinarian and I have determined that my pet (dog or cat) needs to have dental surgery – How are dental x-rays helpful to my pet?
It only takes leaving one decaying tooth behind to leave your pet less than 100%.
Dental X-ray allows us to know what’s going on below the gum line (by assessing the periodontal ligament, alveolar bone and root space), which is equally important as what’s visible above it. Visible or not – tooth decay is painful to them all the time.
At Parkside Animal Hospital we have recognized that no matter how hard a veterinarian tries or how long they have been performing dentistry; there is simply NO equivalent to imaging prior and after a procedure to ensure that all that should have been done was done to keep your pets mouths pain free.
Our commitment to ensuring your pet is treated to the best available standard of care is why the whole team wears a smile when we know we have “left no rotten tooth behind” and have made a real difference in your pet’s life!