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Dental disease

Dental disease is a really common health problem for cats, and it’s thought that over 85% of cats over the age of three suffer from some form of dental disease.*


As cats can be really good at hiding dental pain and discomfort, dental checks with a vet are a really important part of an annual booster appointment. We highly recommend your cat’s mouth, gums and teeth are checked at least annually.

If a problem is detected, we may recommend your cat is admitted for x-rays under anaesthesia, as routine examination will not always reveal the extent of disease. At 387 Vets, we’ve invested in a ‘direct’ or ‘DR’ radiography system specifically for x-raying teeth as the x-ray image clarity is excellent. Dental x-rays (which few vets have or use) enable us to see clearly what is going on below the gum line and can help us to easily identify many painful diseases such as tooth root abscesses, broken roots and ‘resorbing cat roots**’ which are only revealed when using high quality x-rays.

Without this high clarity facility, dental work is guesswork and vets can cause much unnecessary damage, leading to dental treatment being ineffective and causing prolonged suffering. In short, cats should not endure dental treatment without prior x-rays. Our digital dental x-ray machine enables us to pinpoint exactly any problematic teeth and tooth roots for targeted treatment that literally gets to the root of the issue. And we also use special nerve blocks to eliminate post-op pain for your cat. All this means less surgical time, less invasive treatment, no inappropriate treatment, no guesswork, less damage and less discomfort. It’s so much better for your cat and for you!

As in humans, plaque and tartar build-up can lead to dental and gum disease such as gingivitis, which leads on to periodontitis and loosening of the tooth roots. We may recommend your cat has a dental scale and polish. We use an iM3 dental unit and ultrasonic dental scaler for all our scaling procedures, which is recommended by veterinary dental specialists for being safe, quick and effective. The round titanium head scales teeth clean without any pressure and destroys bacteria by ultrasound.

Our vet Selenia Davolio, has considerable experience in small animal dentistry having acted as dental referral vet for five practices before coming to 387 Vets. In 2019 she was one of only 20 vets accepted onto an inaugural postgraduate certificate in pet dentistry, and employs the latest extraction techniques for optimum post-op recovery.


** Resorptive lesions are a very common cat-specific condition. Gradual destruction of the tooth surface results in deep ‘holes’ that expose the sensitive part of the tooth, causing considerable pain. The only effective and humane treatment is to extract the tooth.