Not Just For Humans

Humans aren’t the only ones that require oral care, your dogs and cats do too. In fact, your pets can develop periodontal disease and it can affect other parts of their body. But that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about a collaborative dental procedure performed on a Siamese-mix cat named Darryl. Read on to find out why dental care is not just for humans.


Darryl, a Siamese-mix cat was slated for euthanasia. The cat had a massive hole in his hard palate which was assumed to have been due to some sort of trauma or injury. The condition made it painful for Darryl to eat. He struggled with every bite. The hole in his palate also resulted in several nasal infections. Under the circumstances it was impossible to find him a home.

The Procedure

After examinations by various animal specialists a dentist examined Darryl and proposed a prosthodontic solution that up until then had only been used on humans.  A cast was made of Darryl’s mouth and a custom acrylic appliance was fabricated to cover the defect. At this point Darryl had been on a feeding tube for over a year. When the appliance was ready it was sutured into place to test whether or not it would work. When it proved successful a permanent metal prosthesis was installed. Two days later the feeding tube was removed and Darryl was able to effectively eat on his own. This was one case where a dental care wasn’t just for humans.

About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.