Feline tooth reabsorptions are when a cat’s body begins to attack its own teeth, occurring when cells called odontoclasts are activated and begin eating away at healthy dental bone cells. Although the root cause is still unknown, FORLs are one of the most common dental diseases in cats, affecting nearly two-thirds of all pets.
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Tooth extraction is currently the most effective treatment method. If left in place, the tooth will continue to be eroded and cause additional pain, making removal necessary. Extraction is a simple outpatient procedure requiring only light anesthetic and a short recovery period.
To learn more about feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions and their treatment, please contact The Dental Center at Colleyville Animal Clinic today!