Feline Resorptive Lesions are erosions of the tooth that usually occur near the gum line. These lesions are quite common in cats, with reports as high as 67% of felines being afflicted. Resorptive lesions are placed into one of four stages, one being the least invasive and four being the most.
We recommend annual oral examinations for your feline friend because the cause of these lesions are unknown. Regular at home brushing and dental exams are necessary to help them in the early stages.
How do you treat resorptive lesions?
If the veterinarian suspects your cat has a resorptive lesion, they will recommend performing a dental cleaning as well as digital x-rays. Once diagnosed, the goal of treatment is to resolve tooth and mouth pain and attempt to restore a healthy mouth. In most cases, the lesions are too small for restoration and removal of the tooth is the preferred treatment.
Above is a photo of a cat with stage four dental disease and resorptive lesions present.
Signs to Watch for:
Head tilt when eating or trying to only chew on one side of the mouth
Lack of Appetite
Unable to chew kibble
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