Unusual Dental Condition in a Savannah Kitten

Dr. Visser with Prince Romeo

Dr. Visser with Prince Romeo

“Prince Romeo” is a one year old, 21 pound, Savannah kitty. He came to Dr. Visser at Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists for a professional veterinary teeth cleaning and full mouth dental x-rays, under general anesthesia. Any pet dental cleaning should always be done under anesthesia, which allows for comprehensive exam, cleaning and radiographs (x-rays) to give a complete picture of what’s going on beneath the pet’s gumline.

Upon physical examination it was determined that Prince Romeo had Stage II periodontal disease.  Unfortunately the two upper molars had advanced periodontal disease and required extraction. It is fortunate we identified the periodontal disease early enough to treat and take steps to prevent future progression of the disease.

In addition, we identified a more unusual condition. Two of Prince Romeo’s maxillary upper fourth premolar teeth had three “denticles” (additional cusp tips) on the buccal aspect of the crowns.

Denticles on upper left premolar

Denticles on upper left premolar.

The surface area of the denticles on the left premolar tooth reduced and then a bondant was attached to protect the surface. The right premolar tooth required no treatment. Denticles  are not a normal finding and they are contributing to periodontal disease in this young cat. Both teeth will be monitored in six and in twelve months to determine if there is further treatment necessary.

Surface area reduced and bondant attached to protect the surface.

Surface area reduced and bondant attached to protect the surface.