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Feline Broken Teeth

When a tooth is broken, its nerve and blood vessels are exposed and become infected.

Tooth Fracture

Tooth Fracture

A tooth fracture of the enamel and dentin not involving the pulp (nerve).

Tooth Fracture

Tooth Fracture

A tooth fracture of the enamel and dentin not involving the pulp (nerve).

Crow-Root Fracture

Crow-Root Fracture

Crown-root fractures occur when a large portion of the side of a tooth fractures extending to the root. There are two types of crown-root fracture: complicated fractures, where the pulp is exposed; and uncomplicated, where it is not.

Slab Fractrure

Complicated crown-root fracture

Cat’s teeth affected by crown root fractures should be treated with root canal therapy or removal of the tooth.

Root Fracture

Root Fracture

Occurs from a traumatic incident commonly resulting in a mobile tooth. In most cases the fractured crown and root are surgically extracted to prevent future pain.

Wear

Wear

Long term rubbing of one tooth against another (attrition) or against an outside surface (abrasion) can result in decreased crown height.  X-rays are needed to determine if there is damage below the gum line necessitating treatment.

Pulpitis

Pulpitis

An inflammation of the inside of the tooth (pulp) resulting in inflammation and swelling. Commonly the affected tooth becomes discolored. Pain and pulpal death soon occurs. Treatment of pulpitis is root canal therapy or extraction.