Case #6: Feline Oral Resorptive Lesions (FORLs)


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-> FORLs

Diagnosis: The tooth is being resorbed by the body. It is unknown why this happens, but it is fairly common in cats and it is very painful. Tooth resorption is the most common cause of tooth loss in felines. These lesions start with the outer enamel surface, usually at or below the gum line, and begin as a loss of tooth enamel and can eventually spread to the dentin and then the pulp canal, exposing the blood vessels and nerves to the tooth. 


Treatment: Depending upon the stage of resorption, the entire tooth with the roots may be extracted, or only a portion of the tooth is removed. In this case we removed the crown, (the part of the tooth above the gums) to stop the mouth from being painful. Since the tooth under the gumline had been resorbed there was no root to extract. 


BRUSHING Teeth- Gold standard of dental care- Should brush teeth at least 3 times weekly
DIETS- We recommend Hill’s Science Diet t/d as a primary diet, in addition to their current food, or as a treat.
CHEWS- CET Chews (rawhide like, but digestible in the stomach); Veggie Dents (plant based); ORAVET                                         (makes sealant to prevent bacterial attachment)

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North Scottsdale Animal Hospital

Tel. 480-368-1741

Fax. 480-368-1751

14870 N. Northsight Blvd,

Suite 101 
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Monday - Friday

7: 30 am - 5:30pm


8:00am - 4:30 pm

Closed : Sunday

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From AZ 101 N:  Take exit 39 Raintree Dr. Take a right onto Raintree Dr. Make a right turn onto N. Northsight Blvd. The hospital is on your left located next to The Scottsdale Gun Club.

From AZ 101 S: Take exit 39 Raintree Dr. Take a left onto Raintree Dr. Make a right turn onto  N. Northsight Blvd. The hospital is on your left located next to The Scottsdale Gun Club.

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