Dentistry Case #3

0 Comments Posted by tcahvet in Dentistry on Monday, April 11th, 2011.



Our next dentistry case highlights caudal mouth stomatitis in a cat. “Nonie” is a 10 year old domestic shorthair cat with an uneventful medical history. Her problems began with drooling and difficulty eating in the fall of 2010. She was given a dental cleaning and placed on antibiotics for a short time. She continued to have drooling and difficulty eating. We first examined her in January of 2011. At that time her treatment consisted of steroid injections every 2 weeks to control the swelling in her mouth. On her exam she had severe caudal mouth stomatitis with swelling and ulceration of the gingiva adjacent to her premolars and molars. There was no sign of irritation along the canines and incisors.

Radiograph showing tooth resorption

Caudal mouth stomatitis is a well recognized condition in cats where the body has an overactive response to the tartar forming on the teeth. Occasional mild cases can be controlled with antibiotics, steroids and frequent dental cleanings. Moderate to severe cases require the affected teeth to be extracted. In “Nonie’s” case we chose to do a full caudal mouth extraction. This means we removed all premolars, molars and adjacent gingiva. You will notice several of “Nonie’s” teeth had tooth resorption. This may have played a role in the initial cause for the inflammation.



We do not yet have her update 4-6 weeks post extractions but at her 1 week recheck “Nonie” was already more comfortable. She was back to her normal eating habits and was purring and relaxing more frequently at home. We will keep you posted on her progress!

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