New Hope Animal Hospital Offers New Digital X-ray System for Dental Care

DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new digital X-ray system brings advanced diagnostic opportunities for pet patients suffering from dental disease, reports Durham’s New Hope Animal Hospital. The IM3 Vet Exam Plus quickly delivers sharp images of diseased teeth, enabling veterinarians to make the best treatment decisions for your pet’s oral health.

At a pet’s yearly exam, the veterinarian may suggest that a dental cleaning is necessary.  Tartar builds up and becomes hardened on the teeth, and can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.  Just like humans, trauma or dental disease can lead to a tooth needing to be extracted. Dental X-rays (radiographs) help to determine whether a questionable tooth might be saved, or whether extraction is the better option for long-term oral health and the pet’s quality of life.

Bad breath and bleeding gums are two symptoms of periodontal disease that can lead to a serious infection of the heart, kidneys and lungs when left untreated. A proper dental cleaning is performed under general anesthesia to ensure that all of the surfaces of the teeth can be cleaned and evaluated. The IM3 ultrasonic scaler removes tartar accumulations on the tooth’s surface, as well as below the gum line. Dental X-rays are used to determine whether tooth decay or broken teeth need to be addressed.

“We are excited to help pet owners learn more about dental hygiene for their dogs and cats. Dental X-rays provide the information we need to diagnose and treat oral health problems,” said Dr. Robyn Hahn. “The IM3 Vet Exam Plus gives vets a clear understanding of the best approach to take with problem teeth, and helps us alleviate the discomfort pets may feel due to chipped or broken teeth or tooth decay. The new system is an advance in diagnostic capabilities.”

New Hope Animal Hospital has served pets and their owners in the Chapel Hill and Durham areas since 2003. This full-service animal hospital offers the highest standard of veterinary care for pets in a friendly and comfortable environment. Services include emergency veterinary services, medical, surgical and dental veterinary care, an in-house pharmacy, vaccinations, and wellness exams.

Call (919) 490-2000 to learn more about the new digital X-ray system or to schedule an appointment. Visit for more details on the hours and services at New Hope Animal Hospital.


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