Resorptive lesion (TRL)

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  • Defining characteristics:
    The presence of an area or multiple areas of decay/degradation has been identified within a tooth/teeth, likely secondary to a resorptive process.  Resorption often appears as irregular radiolucencies throughout the tooth.

  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Radiolucent lesions in teeth are often attributed to primary resorptive lesions, trauma, neoplasia, inflammation/infection, caries (cavity), and enamel hypoplasia.

  • Helpful additional data:
    Has there been a decrease in appetite?  Or the patient appears hungry but is unwilling to eat?

  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    Consider FelV/FIV snap (feline)

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Consider extracting the tooth

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Depending on the tooth removed, consider soft food for 1-2 weeks