Dental implants… for pets?

“My cat broke his upper canine tooth two years ago and had to have it extracted. Do you think a dental implant is necessary?”

This is a question recently raised to a vet.

At the moment cat dental implants are not available to my knowledge as the domestic cat does not have enough bone volume in their jaw to make it possible. It’s common for cats to have missing teeth and they nearly always manage to live normally with no adverse consequences.

Dental implants have been done in dogs and cost more than £5,000 for each procedure.  They are rarely necessary but are possible.  Indeed many years ago a lot of the initial work on dental implants was carried out with animal experiments on Beagle dogs.

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  • 3 February, 2012 at 2:49 pm
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