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Dental radiograhs are a very important diagnostic tools available to veterinarians. They allow the internal anatomy of the teeth, the roots and the jaw be examined.
Intra-oral radiographs are made using a small digital sensor that is placed inside the patient's mouth, and provide superior quality for examination of individual teeth or sections of the jaws compared with standard-sized veterinary radiographs. Because veterinary patients will not cooperate when a radiograph or sensor is placed in the mouth, this process does require that the patient be anesthetized or sedated.
We will make a recommendation whether or not to take radiographs of all the teeth ("full-mouth radiographs") based on the reason for presentation of the patient and the results of the initial visual examination of the mouth. It is common for a patient, referred for one specific problem, to have additional oral problems that may become apparent only if full-mouth radiographs are made. Full- mouth radiographs also establish a base-line for future comparison.