Unique Challenges for Unique Feline Patients
Cats require extra skill and attention-to-detail when it comes to their oral cavities. Cats start with 30 teeth, 16 of which are no bigger than a grain of rice. Cats develop periodontal disease and can break teeth just like their canine counterparts (see our information on periodontal disease and fractured or discolored teeth).
Conditions such as feline tooth resorption and chronic gingivostomatitis are less common but may also result in fragile teeth and roots that could require multiple extractions. With such small teeth and roots, feline dentistry can pose a significant challenge to treat. Dental X-rays are key to performing feline dentistry, as is good follow-up care and pain management protocols specifically for felines. For more information, please see our handout on Feline Periodontal Disease, Feline Tooth Resorption, and Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis.