Treatment options range from steroids (prednisone) to antibiotics, to tooth removal – the most dramatic course of action. Your veterinarian can recommend the best course of treatment. How can you prevent painful gum disease? Regular dental cleanings and tooth brushing will help.
YES! While many owners would prefer to avoid procedures involving anesthesia-especially in older cats-anesthesia-free dental cleanings are not recommended by the AAHA or American Veterinary Dental College (http://www.avdc.org/dentalscaling.html).
Dental disease in cats can cause serious pain and discomfort, which can impact a cat’s quality of life. In many cases, dental disease causes a cat to stop eating, which leads to a variety of health problems. Gingivitis is a condition in which the gums around the teeth become inflamed (red, swollen, and painful).
Without daily oral home care and routine professional cleanings, dental disease will develop and often lead to the need to have teeth extracted if not treated early in the course of the disease. Most cats will lose one or more teeth during their lifespan due to periodontal disease or tooth resorption.
Cost of Cat Dental Exams & Teeth Cleaning If you’re wondering how much a dental exam and teeth cleaning for your cat will cost, expect to spend between $800 and $1,600 for a standard oral exam, X-rays, anesthesia, and cleaning.
Only a limited oral exam and tartar removal above the gumline is possible without anesthesia. Dental anesthesia is critical for a complete, thorough cleaning for the following reasons: An awake animal is unlikely to allow a veterinarian to poke around his mouth with dental instruments.
What is the best treatment for cats with dental pain? The only effective treatment for dental pain is to address the cat’s underlying dental disease. While pain medication may help decrease pain levels for a short time, the pain will continue to recur until the underlying issue is addressed.
Cat Dental Conditions Treatments Antibiotics or steroids may be prescribed to treat an infection, and painkillers to treat the pain. However, the most common treatment for dental conditions like periodontal disease or broken teeth is tooth extraction.
A tooth root abscess is a very painful condition and needs to be treated as soon as possible. Antibiotics will be prescribed to control the infection and either an anti-inflammatory and/or pain relief medication will be prescribed as well.
Wear and gum disease are more common when your dog or cat is between the ages of five and 10. Elderly pets may eventually lose teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease, and their teeth may show considerable wear.
Tooth decay from feline tooth resorption is a condition in which cellular organisms attach to the teeth. These organisms eat away at the enamel and, eventually, cause your cat’s teeth to disintegrate over time.
A Cat With No Teeth Can Still Live a Happy Life! Aside from a possible change in diet and slower eating speeds, your cat will live an otherwise normal life without teeth. In fact, your cat will likely thrive with improved oral health, free of pain and dental infection.
What are the signs your cat may have dental disease?
If everything is normal, then the risk of anesthesia for an older pet is the same as for a younger pet. The reality is that dental disease worsens with age and most pets need dental cleaning when they are older. This means that the average age of pets getting dental cleanings is typically between 9-12 years of age.
Yes, feline dental costs more than human ones, due to the need for anesthesia; but the trade-off is that your cat may be able to have all her problems addressed at once, at a much lower total cost than would be the case for a human, with the added convenience of fewer visits.