Dental radiography forms the key component in providing essential dental care for patients within your practice. Attempting to diagnose dental problems without the use of dental radiography is extremely difficult and somewhat akin to omitting any evaluation of blood glucose levels when treating diabetes mellitus.
While many owners may consider that unless their animal actually has a loose tooth – there is no problem and therefore treatment is not required, this is often not the case. Dental X-rays are extremely useful in highlighting underlying pathologies. The diagnosis and timely treatment of such issues can positively affect the animal’s mood and behaviour. In many veterinary practices where the production of dental radiography has been consciously more frequent in order to identify such problems, much positive feedback from owners has resulted.
Return on investment
The initial investment required to equip your practice with a contemporary veterinary dental x ray scanner is minimal when the income it can generate in terms of otherwise unidentified pathologies is considered.
Digital dental radiography
Fast becoming the standard throughout veterinary practices across the UK, digital scanning technology eliminates the need for chemicals and other paraphernalia associated with conventional systems. Digital images offer various benefits including, but not limited to:
• Saving time: the whole process is virtually instant
• Elimination of storage areas for old patient X-rays
• Ability to import images directly into client correspondence (emails and letters)
• Flexible viewing options, including large screen display (which owners love!)
Which digital radiography system should you choose?
Your choice will typically be between the two principal types of digital radiography systems available currently, CR and DR systems.
Direct Radiology (DR) makes use of a sensor device in conjunction with a dental X-ray head and computer system. The sensor is positioned in the animal’s mouth, similar to conventional dental film. This produces the digital images – within seconds, which can then be controlled in terms of zoom, focus and other parameters. Once images are stored, they can be handled just like any other data file: shared, transmitted, backed up, or deleted when no longer required.
Computed radiography (CR)
In contrast to DR, CR makes use of a phosphor screen which is placed in the animal’s mouth. Following exposure, the screen is subjected to bright light in order to reveal the image, which typically takes approximately one minute. The screens can be ‘cleaned’ following the procedure, and used multiple times. CR systems generally cost more than DR systems, but have greater capability when it comes to producing large scale films.
Incorporating dental radiography into your veterinary practice makes sense, from both financial and operational perspectives, and allows you to provide an enhanced service which animal owners will really appreciate. If you want to know why your pets are suffering, you can use veterinary dental x ray scanner to detect any problem.