A day in the life of: dental patient Jack

Jack’s Dental Procedure

Jack came in for his medication review and senior cat check-up.  At this check-up we noticed that he had tartar build up on his teeth so Jack’s owner booked him in for a dental procedure.

This is the before photo of showing the tartar build up on Jack’s teeth.

Once Jack was anaesthetised we we’re able to have a much better look in his mouth, we soon noticed that as well as plaque and tartar build up, Jack also had a very sore tooth where there was a hole was forming.  You can see in the photo below that the dental probe is going right into a hole in the tooth.  This type of hole is called a FORL (Feline odontoclastic resorptive lesion) and is very painful for the patient.

You can also see the extent of the hole on the dental x-ray we took.


We surgically extracted this tooth so that it won’t cause any ongoing pain.  Jack stayed in hospital with us for the rest of the day while he was recovering from his procedure.  By early afternoon Jack had already eaten 2 bowls of food as was asking for another one!

As part of our Dental Program Jack is now entitled for 6 monthly free dental check-ups so that we can make sure we pick up on any other problems and treat them early.

To find out more about what happens behind the scenes when your pet comes in for a dental procedure CLICK HERE.

To find out more about ways that you can help to keep your pets teeth clean CLICK HERE.