I'm not sure yet which kitty it belongs to, but I found a broken off fang on the couch tonight! From the size of it, I'm thinking it may be my larger cat, Snow Kitty. Hopefully I can get a good look in his mouth soon and find out for sure. Then it's a vet appointment for him!
Neither cat is showing any signs of pain or distress right now, and I know that means nothing. They hide pain so well. But I know first hand how badly tooth problem hurt! So I feel so bad for him.
Can anyone give me an idea of what's to come? I don't know (yet) how close to the gum it broke off, but I imagine they will have to remove what's left of it?
It turns out it was Girly, not Snow Kitty. We saw the vet this morning, and we are scheduled to have her dental work done next Thursday. They are going to remove the rest of the tooth plus two back teeth that have tartar and decay on them. The vet seemed to think that she wasn't in much pain and would be okay until we have it done. I will admit to being very concerned about having her under anesthesia for any length of time. A friend's kitten died under sedation while being spayed. So there's that, plus I'm not looking forward to trying to give her medication afterward. A lot of stress...for both of us!
Aw, poor baby! At least she isn't in pain though - and maybe in the end it was a good thing, since it allowed you to find the teeth that need to be extracted. Those are painful.
Oh my goodness, how sad about your friend's kitten! Putting kitties under is always a risk, but remember that the huge majority of kitties come through dentals just fine. Mine had a cleaning and one extraction a few weeks ago. The vet gave her an injection of long-acting buprenorphine that was supposed to last for 3 days, but no additional pain meds, maybe because she has issues with constipation, and all the pain meds can cause constipation. So for a few days, she was probably not very comfortable. Her mouth must have been sore, because when she tried to drink water, most of it ended up on her chest. But she was back to normal in about a week. So if you can't get pain meds into your kitty, it's not the worst thing.
While there's always some risk from general anesthesia, life-threatening complications during routine dental work are exceedingly rare. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's kitty, but things like that are really just a sad fluke, not something that happens routinely.
Your vet will almost certainly do pre-op bloodwork to ensure your kitty is healthy enough before administering anesthesia. I'm sure she'll be fine.
Zephyr had to have two teeth extracted a few weeks ago and he bounced back right away.