FORLs are a common dental disease in cats. Cells called odontoclasts, which are normally involved in the process of turning over "baby" teeth before the permanent teeth erupt, remain active in the adult cat. They attach to the external surface of the tooth and resorb (i.e. destroy) the root surface. Over time, the root(s) of the teeth are completely destroyed, which is a painful process for the cat. The primary treatment for this disease is extraction of the affected teeth. The prognosis following extraction of affected teeth is good, however affected cats will always have a predisposition to the development of additional lesions.
We perform digital dental radiography with every prophylaxis which allows us to look below the gum line. With this technology we can:
* Detect bone loss around teeth due to periodontal disease
* Examine broken teeth, which can cause abscesses.
* Examine teeth for Feline Odontoclastic Resorption Lesions
* Examine discolored teeth, which is suggestive of underlying problems.
Digital dental radiography allows us to produce an image within seconds rather than minutes with traditional film, which means your pet is under anesthesia for a shorter period of time.
Pets can build up plaque and tartar nearly seven times faster than humans. Without regular cleanings, plaque builds up along and under the gum line, leading to bad breath, gingivitis, tooth loss, and periodontal disease. This can lead to other very serious health issues, such as heart, lung, and kidney disease since it has a direct line to the blood stream. Dental disease can be painful to your pet.
During a physical exam it may be found a dental prophylaxis would be beneficial for your pet. This involves general anesthesia, cleaning the plaque and tartar buildup with an ultrasonic scaler, and polishing the teeth afterwards. We are also able to fully examine your pet's mouth for any gingival pockets, compromised teeth, or oral growths.
Routine dental care can keep your pet more healthy overall!
This amount of plaque/tartar buildup warrants a dental prophylaxis. This is a great time to have the teeth cleaned before further problems develop.
Look at those healthy teeth and gums!