Why does my cat need teeth extracted?

This radiograph shows 2 relatively healthy teeth next to a tooth so seriously affected by reabsorption that the crown of the tooth has broken off.

 

For cats, a disease known as tooth resorption is the most common reason for dental/tooth extraction. This is a progressively destructive condition causing irreversible damage to teeth. To date, the only appropriate treatment identified is the extraction of affected teeth.

 

 

 

 

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Dental Care for Pets

Dental care and dental health are as important for veterinary patients as for their human families. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Our licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of cats and dogs.

pet dental disease

A dog with early periodontal disease characterized by tan tartar deposition on the teeth and slight redness of the gum line. This is an indication for dental cleaning.

The American Veterinary Dental College reports that the majority of cats and dogs will begin to develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is a destructive inflammatory condition affecting both teeth and the surrounding gums.  Because diet and husbandry do not seem to significantly influence this occurrence, early recognition and appropriate treatment are our best tools to prevent progression of this disease and serious problems such as oral pain, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.  Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.

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