Bobbers’ owner was surprised that Bobbers had such severe dental disease because he was still eating normally and not exhibiting any signs of pain. We explained that cats rarely show pain and most animals will continue eating even if they are in severe pain. Bobbers’ owner scheduled a prophylactic dental cleaning with the knowledge that her cat may be losing several teeth but would be much more comfortable and happy after he is healed.
One week later, Bobbers arrived for his pre-operative bloodwork and dental cleaning. At this time, we recommended full mouth radiographs to make sure Bobbers did not have any more resorptive lesions that were below the gumline. Bobbers’ owner agreed to the full mouth radiographs.
After a full ultrasonic cleaning and polishing, we did an oral exam with a probe explorer. Bobbers had the two previously identified resorptive lesions as well as a significant amount of gum recession on his upper right canine. Full mouth radiographs showed more resorptive lesions than originally noted. Full mouth radiographs were essential to identify all of the resorptive lesions and sources of pain. For this reason, we recommend full mouth radiographs in all cats especially if they have visible resorptive lesions. Even though Bobbers’ owner didn’t realize he was in pain, now Bobbers is much more affectionate and happier than he used to be.