|The extraction techniques
for cat teeth in the main follow those of dog teeth. Exceptions exist
where subgingival resorptive lesions (FORL's or "neck lesions")
damage teeth roots. Teeth affected by FORL's rarely have a morphologically
intact root for extraction. In these circumstances, amputation of
the crown and the root tissue, immediately below the alveolar bone
crest, may be permissible.
The instruments used for most cat teeth should be small (Winged
Elevator #1, Modified Winged Elevator #1, Heidbrink H1 root tip
pick or similar).
If a bur is used, a FG 330 or 333L or FG½ or 1 round with
water irrigation is best.
Analgesia and post-op management should be considered before surgery.
Cats can be challenging for owners to administer drugs post-operatively
- particularly if the mouth is painful. Agents should be selected
for ease of administration. If the owner cannot administer drugs
the cat should be hospitalised for as long as necessary.