I knew her teeth were bad as she had broken off two canines already. Actually, they really rotted off. Plus,
So, I left my little girl overnight and Doc did the dental the next morning. Usually a dental takes 20-30 minutes, even with an extraction or two. Doc spent 1.5 hours! Wendy apparently already had a number of missing teeth, other than the 2 canines. Several of the remaining ones had large cavities at the gum line and had to be removed. A couple of teeth looked okay but when she went to scale them, the teeth crumbled. Apparently the tartar was holding the tooth together. And one of the two remaining canines has infection at the root. The bottomline is Wendy has 2 lower incisors (the teeny tiny front teeth), 1 upper incisor, and her one canine. 4 teeth total, and we both expect the other canine to fall out at some point.
But why were her teeth such a mess?
- Her jaw and thus teeth were not in alignment so she never used her teeth to chew. When teeth aren't used to chew, they just build up tartar.
- I suspect her food allergies interfered with proper nutrition as a kitten, when her adult teeth were forming. The teeth were weak to begin with.
Don't feel sorry for her. Not having teeth hasn't bothered her at all -- she's eating, playing, and her tongue is cleaning. In the long run, having her teeth removed will be good for her -- a lot less bacteria in her mouth, so I expect a lot less eye, ear, and tongue crud.
And she still can eat her greenies (treats).