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What lies beneath… the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line. This is where dental radiographs come in very handy.

A true story from our hospital: Brayden is a 14-year-old domestic short-hair cat. His owner noticed that sometimes he would paw at his mouth, so he suspected that there was something wrong with Brayden’s teeth. Brayden being a well behaved lil guy let the veterinarian do a rather good visual check of his teeth. Aside from a small amount of tartar on a couple of teeth, there were no signs of a deeper infection or disease. Brayden’s owner opted to go ahead with a dental procedure including radiographs, just to reverse the infection that was present (plaque and tartar). All involved were expecting a routine procedure. When the radiographs were complete they revealed that ALL four canines and 2 molars were affected by resorptive lesions at the roots. This means the roots were disintegrating and resorbing into the jaw below the gum line and this can be quite painful. The affected teeth were removed and Brayden is much happier now that he is pain-free. He still much enjoys his kibble.

If radiographs had not been done Brayden would still be dealing with the painful dental disease and they likely would have fractured once there was no longer enough root to anchor them.

Dental radiographs can also find root abnormalities, unerupted teeth, bone loss, underlying infection or abscesses. Ideally, full mouth radiographs should be done with every dental procedure. Depending on your pet, that might be every 1-3 years.

Below is one of Brady’s radiographs and him happily snoozing at home afterwards.

 Radiograph of Brayden the Cat    Brayden the Cat sleeping at home

 

By Melanie G RVT

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Radiograph of Brayden the Cat

What lies beneath... the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital