Does my cat need dental x-rays? - Family Pet Veterinary Center
The simple answer is yes. Without dental x-rays, you're missing two-thirds of the tooth, and eighty to a hundred percent of cats age 10+ have dental problems below the gum line. Younger cats may not experience this as fast, but most of them will get dental problems in their lifetime, which can happen very early. This can only be detected with x-rays. Will they take an x-ray? I don't even want to sit still with that thing in my mouth, so we have them under anesthesia so that we can look very closely. We're talking about very small teeth that are tiny compared to people. And there are only 30 of them. We need to preserve the eight structural ones, the big canines, reserved for chewing and acting like fingers.