In one published report, intraoral radiographs revealed clinically important pathology in 27.8% of dogs and 41.7% of cats when no abnormal findings were noted on the initial examination.1In patients with abnormal findings, radiography revealed additional pathology in 50% of dogs and 53.9% of cats.1

The Importance of Dental Radiography

A dental x-ray machine is an invaluable tool in veterinary dentistry.  Can you imagine going to a human dentist that didn't have a dental x-ray machine. Without dental radiographs (x-rays) numerous problems below the gum line would go undiagnosed.  Not only is pathology missed without dental radiographs, but it is impossible to properly treat and manage many dental problems.  Our patients usually do not complain about pain in their mouth.  They may live their entire life suffering with oral pain.  It is up to use dental radiography to find these hidden problems.


1.  Verstraete FJ, Kass PH, Terpak CH. Diagnostic value of full-mouthradiography in cats. Am J Vet Res 1998;59(6):692–5.

Indications for Dental Radiographs

  • Routine dental prophylaxis to establish a baseline
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth resorption
  • All cats with gingivitis
  • Fractured teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Traumatic malocclusions
  • Jaw fractures
  • Unerupted or missing teeth
  • Endodontic treatment
  • Dental extractions
  • Abnormal Crowns
  • Oral or nasal tumors
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