Our Office

9501 Lakeview Parkway
(Across from LakePointe Hospital)
Rowlett, TX 75088
972-412-0101

Hours

M, T & Th:
7 AM - 8 PM

W & F:
7 AM - 6:30 PM

Sat:
8 AM-2 PM
New! Extended Saturday hours

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We Are an AAHA Accredited Hospital

AAHA Accredited veterinary practice

To become an AAHA hospital member, candidates must complete a 39-page self-assessment reviewing the hospital's services and facilities. Then, a trained AAHA practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the facility to be sure it complies with AAHA veterinary care standards. More information ...

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Vetsource Home Delivery

We are pleased to offer our clients home delivery of Hill's Pet Nutrition and medications. Just click the button above.

Why Should I Radiograph My Pet's Teeth

 Veterinary medicine and how we manage oral health care for our patients has come a long way in the past 10 years. What were we missing previously? Apparently, a lot. Decades ago, it was rare to discuss dentistry with clients.  Today, pet’s may have root canals, periodontal therapy sealants for teeth and orthodontics (yes, braces). “Teeth cleanings” are no longer limited to removing the tartar and polishing.

It has been said that human dentistry is responsible for adding another decade to our life span. We adamantly believe that we can have a relative effect on our four legged companions.

A service currently available at AHR, but still rare among veterinary facilities is digital radiography for the teeth. This tool allows us to identify more disease below the gum line than we EVER EXPECTED.

We strongly encourage all patients undergoing a prophy to have a BASELINE full mouth set of images taken. We expect these to be very valuable to us as we track our patient’s oral health.

A few quotes from board certified veterinary dentists... regarding radiography in general.

“Yes, the standard of care in veterinary dentistry is dental radiography. Anyone who says it isn’t necessary is either under or over diagnosing disease and shooting in the dark when treating”

~Matt Lemmons,Resident, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, University of Wisconsin

“If specialist and experts with thousands of hours of CE and study cannot provide proper dental care without dental radiography, how can it be that GPs with little or no training in the field can manage it? Of course they can’t but by sticking their heads in the sand and operating blind, they can pretend they are doing a good job.  Radiographs are necessary for an accurate assessment. Without this the treatment plan will be an uneducated guess. Our clients expect and our patients deserve better than that.”

~Fraser A. Hale, DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC Guelph, Ontario


 Dog dental radiograph

By the way, how do you think this extraction would go without a pre-op rad to let you know what you are dealing with?”

~Fraser A. Hale, DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC Guelph, Ontario


 Dog dental radiograph

“Intraoral radiographs are fundamental to treatment planning and in delivering dental services.Here is my recent image to share.”
~Dale Kressin DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC, Animal Dental Center, Animal Emergency Center- Milwaukee, Wisconsin


 Dog dental radiograph

“... here is the number one reason to do pre-extraction rads. Not for the retained root tips, but for the severe amount of bone loss in the little jaw. How much torque on the mesial root do you think it would take to break this jaw?”

~Matt Lemmons, Resident, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, University of Wisconsin


 “Our patients do not show dental pain well or owners miss the subtle signs. We underestimate how much we miss when doing dental treatments the old way. With rads we can tell what is being missed, do something about it and the results are just so much better”
~Steve Holstrom, DVM Dipl AVDC


A special note regarding cats...

Some cats are predisposed to a particular cavity that can be very painful and is sometimes identified on physical exam. Sometimes, the lesions are not visible at all on a physical and are only detected by radiographs.

Cat dental radiograph

 

Cat dental radiograph

Radiograph showing enamel and dentin involvement


Cat dental radiograph
Stage 3 (RL3) mandibular first molar


Cat dental radiograph

Radiograph showing resorption into the pulp of the mandibular third premolar


Cat dental radiograph

Stage 4 partial crown remains (RL4)


Cat dental radiograph

Stage 5 crown cannot be visualized (RL5)


Cat dental radiograph

Radiograph showing remaining root fragment in stage 5 resorptive lesion


Cat dental radiograph

Note, cervical lesion on the fourth premolar with normal appearing apical root structure


Cat dental radiograph

Root replacement resorption and ankylosis of the mandibular canines

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