This fine gentleman is Tigger, a 9-year-old feline.
His parents noticed that he wasn't eating as much of his food, and upon inspection of his mouth, noticed that his teeth looked awful. His mom said that she thought Tigger’s canine tooth had grown causing it to jab into his bottom jaw, which was causing him to be in pain when he ate.
At the vet’s office, the doctor let them know that Tigger's teeth hadn’t grown longer. Unfortunately what Tigger had was an abscess tooth, causing his gums to swell, which is why it appeared his canine was pushing into his bottom jaw.
According to VCA Pet Hospitals: A tooth root abscess is a severe infection that develops around the root of a tooth. A tooth root abscess forms when bacteria enter the exposed root canal of the tooth. In cats, this most often occurs when the tooth breaks and exposes the tissues that lay beneath the enamel. A tooth root abscess may also develop in association with periodontal disease, an infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth.
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