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oral tumors in cats and dogs

Similar to people, dogs and cats can develop tumors within their oral cavity. A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Oral tumors in cats and dogs may arise from dental tissue (odontogenic), inflammation (periodontal disease), or can be malignant (cancerous). Oral neoplasia—an uncontrolled growth of cells that is often cancerous—accounts for up to 10% of all feline tumors and 6% of canine tumors.

dental crown therapy for dogs

Dogs frequently fracture teeth. Studies have shown that up to 10% of dogs have some type of fractured tooth. All fractured teeth should be evaluated by a veterinarian and be imaged with a dental radiograph. If the fracture does not expose the tooth’s pulp and the radiograph is normal, it can be treated with a procedure that smooths the fracture and seals the exposed dentin. This kind of procedure will decrease any possible pain and inhibit infection.

 

feline stomatitis treatment options

Stomatitis refers to widespread inflammation in the mouth. “Stoma” means opening, and “itis” means inflammation. In cats, inflammation most notably in the caudal (back part) of the oral cavity (oropharynx) is commonly referred to as stomatitis or caudal oral stomatitis. 

 

root canal therapy

Many dogs and cats suffer from fractured teeth. These painful dental injuries have many potential causes. Dogs are often given chew toys and bones that are far too hard for their teeth and result in fractures. Cats can fracture teeth from playing or fighting with other cats or in self-defense when attacked by another animal. Tooth fractures may be superficial and only fracture enamel and expose underlying dentin. However, many fractured teeth will be severe enough to expose pulp in the center of the tooth.

 

Why is Good Oral Health Important for Your Pet?

 

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