Dental radiology is quickly becoming the standard of care in veterinary dentistry. This is due to the fact that it is crucial for proper patient care and because of a significant increase in client expectations. Providing dental radiography as a routine service can create significant income for a veterinary practice.
Indications for Digital Dental Radiography
Indications for dental radiographs are numerous; a brief list is presented here.
- Help elucidate periodontal pockets that may be missed during probing.1
- Are absolutely critical in cases of periodontal disease affecting the mandibular teeth of cats and small/toy breed dogs to avoid an iatrogenic fracture during extraction (Figure 1).
- May be recommended when several areas of the mouth demonstrate periodontal disease in order to discern other areas affected by subclinical periodontal changes.