Just as with humans, proper diagnosis of dental disease in pets requires x-rays. Two-thirds or more of each tooth is located below the gumline. Teeth can look completely normal on the outside, and yet have severe disease. Full-mouth radiographs are part of our standard of care. You wouldn’t let your own dentist extract your teeth or perform root canal treatment without taking x-rays – doesn’t your pet deserve the same level of care?
In addition, we now have the ability to view your pet's entire head, including the teeth, jaw bones, nasal passages, and TM joints, with our Cone-Beam Computed Tomography scanner. Cone-beam CT images allow three-dimensional viewing, providing much more information than standard, 2-dimensional radiographs can. We are the only dental specialists in private practice in California with a cone-beam CT scanner.
For certain cases, additional imaging with conventional CT is helpful to determine a diagnosis or characterize the extent of disease. Through our partnership with The Sams Clinic, we can also perform conventional CT scans with contrast for diagnosis of oral (or nasal) cancer.