August 6, 2010


True cavities, or caries, are relatively rare in dogs and cats. When seen, they usually occur on the chewing surfaces of the back premolars and molars and can be quite painful. If detected early enough, they may be restored with a composite restorative material to eliminate pain and maintain normal chewing function.

Large cavity in the upper molar of a dog.

This cavity had progressed too far to be treated.

Dental X-ray of the tooth, showing a tremendous amount of damage. The cavity was too severe to treat.

Second patient with a cavity in the same location.

This cavity was much smaller and could be treated.

After the cavity was restored with composite restorative material.