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Tooth Resorption in Cats

When a cat's body breaks down and absorbs the structures supporting the tooth, this is called tooth resorption. Our vets in Villa Rica discuss the symptoms of tooth resorption in cats and explore treatment options.

What is tooth resorption in cats?

Tooth resorption occurs when a single tooth or multiple teeth erode, as the hard dentin beneath the tooth's enamel breaks down. If left untreated, tooth resorption in cats can lead to irreversible damage.

In cats, tooth resorption is a condition that arises as the body gradually breaks down and absorbs the tooth's structures. It typically begins with the enamel and progresses to the tooth's core, ultimately causing the a rotten tooth in cats. This condition typically affects the third premolars in the lower jaw.

A hole, similar to a cavity, can occasionally form in the center of a cat's tooth. Cavities are caused by bacteria, whereas tooth resorption is the result of a biological process within the body. Cavities are uncommon in cats, so if you notice a hole in one of their teeth that appears to be causing significant discomfort, tooth resorption could be the cause.

Tooth resorption is a common oral health issue in cats, causing severe pain. As a result, it is critical to schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings with your veterinarian to detect this condition as soon as possible.

Different Types of Tooth Resorption in Cats

Cats can develop two types of tooth resorption, which are diagnosed by a veterinarian based on the appearance of the tooth in a radiograph. A normal tooth should have a dark, thin outline around the root, indicating the presence of the periodontal ligament, which connects the root to the bone.

The causes of these types of tooth resorption in cats remain unknown. However, scheduling regular professional oral examinations and cleanings for your cat and practicing good oral hygiene at home will reduce the risk of your cat developing this condition or detecting it promptly.

Let's now explore the two types of tooth resorption in cats:

Type 1 Tooth Resorption

If a cat has type 1 tooth resorption, it indicates that the tooth's crown is affected, but the root appears normal on the radiograph, and the periodontal ligament is easily identifiable.

Type 2 Tooth Resorption

This condition is known as replacement resorption, which causes the root to appear as if it is disintegrating. As a result, it becomes difficult to distinguish it from the bone on the radiograph.

Symptoms of Tooth Resorption in Cats

Although tooth resorption can cause severe pain in cats, it can be difficult to detect because our feline friends are adept at hiding their discomfort. Therefore, it is critical to identify the following common signs and symptoms:

  • Increased Salivation
  • Difficulty Eating
  • Oral Bleeding
  • Behavioral Changes

Treatment for Tooth Resorption in Cats

If you believe your cat may have tooth resorption, contact your veterinarian right away. While your cat is anesthetized, the veterinarian will conduct a thorough examination with radiographs and clinical screening.

They may also perform a complete dental examination. Neglecting tooth resorption can cause your cat significant pain and infection, and it may even lead to tooth loss if the tooth's crown breaks. As a result, you must seek medical attention for your cat immediately.

If your cat has type 1 tooth resorption, your vet will most likely need to extract both the root and the crown. If your cat has type 2 tooth resorption, your veterinarian may have to perform a crown amputation with intentional root retention.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you suspect your cat may be suffering from tooth resorption? Please contact our Villa Rica veterinarians to book an appointment for an exam.

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