Dental health care is important for cats just as it is for us. Tooth resorption is a frequent condition experienced by our cats. The body breaks down and absorbing the dentin making up the tooth, causing pain and inflammation. This can impair eating, leading to weight loss. If you have noticed your cat losing weight, experiencing bad breath or any bleeding from the mouth, it may be time to come and see us. Our veterinarians can preform a thorough oral exam followed by treatment options.

Feline Tooth Resorption Causes And Types

The exact causes of tooth resorption are unknown. We do know that the body breaks down and absorbs the structures surrounding the tooth. This breakdown starts in the enamel around the gumline and works inwards. It is common for cats affected with feline tooth resorption to be affected again later in life. It is impossible to tell which tooth may be affected next, or how long the time between periods of resorption may be. For this reason, it is important to have your cat’s teeth regularly examined and assessed by a veterinarian.

Tooth resorption can be classified into two types. A treatment plan for your pet’s teeth is determined by the type of resorption. Type I resorption (or lesions) are usually recognized by redness and bleeding of the gumline, and the cause of this type is thought to be related to inflammation. Type II lesions are generally known to have advanced root involvement. They are not believed to be inflammatory. Diagnosis of these lesions is made via an appointment with one of our veterinarians where we will preform a thorough exam, including dental radiographs. Treatment of type I lesions includes removal of the entire tooth and root to decrease inflammation and pain. Treatment of type II lesions also involves extraction of the tooth and affected tissues.

It is important to watch your pets closely, particularly when they eat. This will help you to be aware of any excessive drooling or change in appetite. Behavioral changes can also be caused by oral discomfort. If your cat is less playful or is lacking energy, we encourage you to make an appointment to have his or her mouth evaluated. Following a comprehensive oral exam by one of our veterinarians, we will thoroughly explain to you the treatment recommended and the process involved. We look forward to working with you and your family cat.