Periodontal Disease starts with oral bacteria destroying the gum attachment to the tooth and can progress to bone destruction around the tooth resulting in pain and ultimate tooth loss or extraction.
This xray shows bone loss and expansion (white arrow) around the lower canine teeth in this cat.
A gum flap exposes the bone and the debris on the tooth root.
Removing the diseased bone and contouring the bone is shown here on the post x-ray.
The gum is now sutured lower on the tooth over the now normal bone.
A recheck 3 months later shows the excellent result and demonstrates how some teeth can be saved with periodontal procedures.