Dental radiographs are in essential part of the oral exam. The crown is just the tip of the iceberg. Approximately 42% of dental pathology is found subgingivally. Radiographs will help diagnose pathology that is not visible from the surface, confirm suspect pathology as well as help demonstrate the pathology to the client. Survey radiographs can also increase your clinic’s revenue.

Taking good dental x-rays is not always easy or intuitive.  Many people struggle with getting dental x-rays and quickly give up.  This booklet will help you take dental x-rays without the frustration of the trying to figure out the bisecting angle technique.  Proper animal and sensor positioning and the use of the angles already on your tubehead, can help you get diagnostic x-rays very quickly.  This booklet combines photos and quick tips and tricks to get great x-rays.  Here is a quick preview!

  1. You need a diagnostic x-ray – not a perfect x-ray. A diagnostic x-ray allows for the visualization of 2-3 mm of bone around the apex of the root and the level of the alveolar bone.  The crown does not need to be on the x-ray.
  2. The entire tooth does not need to be on one view. If both roots are visible but on two separate x-rays, it’s okay!
  3. Get all the teeth in as few views as possible. This saves time and gives a quick survey of the oral cavity.  If more detail is needed, additional view should be obtained.
  4. Every patient, every time! Not only will this help you become faster at taking x-rays, it is better medicine.  Remember the patients can’t tell us where it hurts.
  5. Proper positioning of the animal is key! Place the animal (both dog and cat) in sternal recumbency for the maxillary views and dorsal recumbency for the mandibular. Ensure that the dental arcade is parallel to the table and the mouth is straight not tilted in either direction.


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Dental Radiographs Made Easy