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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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Strange dental phenomenon - anyone heard of this?

While at Audrey's 6 month checkup, the vet noticed that the two teeth on the outside of her lower canines had eroded below the gumline. When I picked her up after the extraction, the vet mentioned that this is a mysterious phenomenon that is not fully understood. He said they used to think that it was tooth decay, but it only seems to happen to the teeth right next to the canines, and occurs very rapidly. And many now believe it is related to some sort of cell issue. The teeth start getting eroded out from below the gums and it works its way up.

I looked at the teeth they pulled, and he described it right. The enamel below the gums was almost gone, and above the gumline was a huge ulcer. Her teeth were perfectly fine 6 months ago.

Anyone hear of this? He was quite certain that it wasn't standard tooth decay, but some weird phenomenon involving just those two teeth.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 09:53 PM
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While at Audrey's 6 month checkup
How old is Audrey?

Thanks for posting that stuff, your probally going to have to teach us more,

decay in the mouth can also effect the kidneys too.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 11:02 PM
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Yes, I've heard of it, right here as a matter of fact, but I can't think of the name for it at the moment, so I'm not much help in searching for it. Sorry. Maybe it'll come to me overnight.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 11:10 PM
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Little-one had a tooth extracted last month because of this. I was so surprised when the vet called and said he had needed an extraction 'cause his teeth weren't bad. I'm afraid I don't have any more info than you. That was the first time I'd ever heared of it and my vet said the same thing yours did.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 04:55 PM
 
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It's Resorptive Lesions and the only thing they can do is pull the teeth. You can do a search on the web, lots of info, nothing much to help.

My 18 month old Tiger needs to have ALL his molars pulled. It's really frustrating to have a young healthy cat with dental problems.

Do your best to try and brush her teeth. Good luck!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks, at least I know my vet is not looney! Audrey is 7 I think.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-16-2006, 07:17 PM
 
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Yup, feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions. Some thoughts as to the cause are genetics, too much Vit. D, excessive vomiting of hairballs (acids), association with dental disease, and just plain unknown causes.

Keep checking your kitties mouth, it could reoccur on other teeth and the condition is quite painful.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-16-2006, 07:38 PM
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FORL - yes, thanks. And I was sure I had a good article about it bookmarked, but now I can't find it. Grrrr!! Where do things go when you want them?
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