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Posted on 04-29-2014

What Is a Cat Cavity?  

Did you know that three out of five cats over the age of five years, have resorptive lesions in their teeth?  These are painful “cavity-like” lesions seen primarily in cats, however now we are seeing them in increasing number in dog patients as well.  Unfortunately, we still don’t know what causes these lesions.

Cats hide pain and their oral disease VERY well.  Even Baloo, our hospital cat, had to have a lower premolar taken out at the young age of 2 ½ years because of a resorptive lesion.  The actual medical term for these painful teeth is Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL for short) or CORL in the case of our dogs.

 There are three types of resorptive lesions:

  1. Type I where the crown of the tooth contains the lesion
  2. Type II where the root of the tooth contains the lesion
  3. Combination of Type I and Type II where both the crown and the root can contain lesions

Cats, and dogs, with these lesions should have them addressed immediately so as to avoid further pain and inflammation, loss of appetite and infection.  The treatment of choice by the American Veterinary Dental College, www.avdc.org is to remove (extract) all affected teeth and maintain minimum annual dental evaluations by a licensed veterinarian.

Here are some websites with more information on this painful and poorly understood disease.  Please call us to schedule your free oral evaluation of your cat or dog so we can help you take care of your beloved furry family member.

http://www.avdc.org/dentaldisease.html

http://www.veterinarydentalcenter.com/feline.htm

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=162

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