5 Common Causes Of Cat Tooth Removal

Christine Hawke

Cats hide pain very well. It can be devastating to find out that your cat has been in pain and that you simply couldn’t tell. Of course, we do everything we can to keep your cat’s mouth healthy and happy, but there are a few cases where professional intervention may become necessary. Today, we’ll discuss five common reasons for cat tooth removal and the importance of early detection and prompt treatment:

  1. Tooth Resorption:

Tooth resorption is a painful condition where a cat’s own body begins to break down the structures of its teeth. This process leads to irreversible damage and will necessitate tooth extraction. Studies suggest that tooth resorption affects up to 60% of cats, making it a real concern for feline dental health.

Dental x-rays (with expert interpretation) and experienced  decision making are crucial in treating feline tooth resorption.

  1. Feline Stomatitis:

Stomatitis, or inflammation of the oral mucosa, is another common reason to remove some (or all) of your cat’s teeth. This condition can cause severe pain and discomfort, leading to difficulty eating and grooming. The cause of feline stomatitis is not fully understood.

The removal of all teeth in a cat is a very long and very difficult procedure. Many veterinarians refer cat full mouth extractions to Sydney Pet Dentistry. We are fast and proficient with extractions, provide excellent pain relief, and can perform the whole procedure in one anaesthesia. The whole experience is as fast and as comfortable as possible.

  1. Oral Tumours:

Oral tumours can develop in various parts of a cat’s mouth, including the gums, tongue, and jaw. These growths may be benign or malignant and can interfere with normal eating and grooming behaviours. Early detection and surgical removal of oral tumours is essential for improving the prognosis and quality of life of your cat.

  1. Periodontal Disease:

Periodontal (gum) disease results from an accumulation of plaque and tartar on your cat’s teeth. Without proper dental care, tooth loss and erosion of the jaw bones is inevitable. People also suffer from periodontal disease, which is why we brush our teeth!

  1. Fractured Or Broken Teeth:

Fractured or broken teeth can expose the sensitive pulp tissue inside the tooth, leading to pain, infection, and tooth loss. Sydney Pet Dentistry can perform root canal treatments for a broken tooth in your cat. Alternatively, extraction may be recommended.

Cat tooth removal may be necessary to address various dental issues, including tooth resorption, stomatitis, oral tumours, periodontal diease, and fractured or broken teeth. Early detection and prompt treatment are essential for preserving oral health and improving the quality of life for affected cats. If you suspect any dental issues in your feline companion, consult with a qualified veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Contact Sydney Pet Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with our experienced dental veterinary team!

Christine Hawke

Christine has been a vet since 1993, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney. After several years in small animal general practice (in both Australia and the UK) she went back to study and was awarded her PhD in immunogenetics in 2004.

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