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Tooth Resorption

Tooth resorptive lesions are like our cavities; progressive and painful. Make sure your cat is examined for this common dental condition.

What you need to know…
  • A common feline dental problem.
  • Most cats will show no symptoms at all but this condition is painful.
  • Dental x-rays are needed to identify any or all lesions that are present as well as direct how the root structure has been affected.

How cavities / tooth resorption may look:

Tooth resorptive lesions cat
Tooth resorptive lesions

dental x-ray lesions
Dental x-ray revealing resorptive lesions of the crown and roots

 tooth resorptive lesion cat
Another example of a tooth resorptive lesion

Dental x-ray root resorption.
Dental x-ray revealing crown and root resorption

Possible Therapy / Treatment:

Careful probing of the teeth at the gingival margin and a full mouth x-ray will help identify these lesions for the development of a treatment plan.

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Learn More about tooth resorption:

Tooth Resorption (TR) is a common feline dental problem. A recent study has shown an incidence of 70% in purebred cats and 40% incidence in mixed breeds. Some cats may chatter or have shift food in their mouth, however, most cats will show no symptoms at all. These lesions are painful and progressively destroy the tooth.

Careful probing of the teeth at the gingival margin with an explorer and a full mouth x-ray series (8-views) will identify these lesions and direct the treatment plan during the cat’s dental procedure. Based on the radiographic appearance of the root structure the affected tooth/teeth will receive either surgical extraction (crown & roots) or crown amputation.

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