My 4 yr-old golden seems to have an issue - her lower middle teeth appear to have dropped forward and are disappearing into her gums (see image).
She doesn't play tug-of-war or chew rocks etc. so not sure what might be causing this or how serious it may be (or not?). Our vet wants to do dental x-rays to determine if problem is caused by gingival hyperplasia but I don't want to put her through this unless this is absolutely necessary? Her gums seem pretty healthy and she has her teeth brushed regularly although there's a small amount of tartar/plaque build-up on the rear teeth. We give her beef bones on occasion and feed a quality dry food with limited access to treats. As far as medications go she is up to date on all her shots and we use Advantage Multi/Advantix for fleas/ticks and heartworm prevention. Additionally, she is treated with Apoquel but only during the summer months for environmental allergies.
Any thoughts on the cause/prognosis and whether it's worthwhile or not to be having x-rays done?