WHAT IS TOOTH RESORPTION?
Tooth resorption is one of the leading causes of teeth loss in cats. It occurs in cats of all ages, but its frequency and effects increase exponentially as the cat grows older. Its underlying cause is currently unknown, but its identifying symptom is the presence of lesions that cause the enamel of teeth to erode and be reabsorbed. It usually affects the back molar and premolar teeth in a symmetrical fashion. The resorptive process cannot be disrupted, and any affected teeth must be extracted.
See your vet immediately if you observe the following symptoms in your cat: head shaking, excessive drooling and discomfort, red inflamed tissue along the gum line, and teeth that “chatter” when touched.
(Adapted from “Veterinary Guides 14: Teeth and Oral Health,” a primer developed by Cats Protection, the UK’S leading feline welfare charity http://www.cats.org.uk/documents/cat-careleaflets2013vg14teethandoralhealth)