Why is my cat's tooth wobbly?
It's not normal for adult cats to lose their teeth. So, what can cause a tooth to become wobbly?
Kittens’ teeth normally start to fall out at about at about 3 months old. This is completely normal, they will be replaced by permanent adult teeth.
Tooth and gum disease
Tooth and gum disease usually starts with tartar on the teeth. If the tartar isn’t removed, inflammation and infection will develop. Inflammation and infection weaken attachments and this eventually leads to wobbly teeth. Teeth don’t always fall out when they are wobbly. Some will stay in for many years causing pain and discomfort.
Tooth disease, i.e. a broken tooth or tooth root infections will cause them to loosen.
Road traffic accidents, bumping into something, falls, chewing on a hard objects (rare for cats) – can all lead to tooth damage.
As a cat gets older, their canines (fangs at the front) often drop down. The ligaments connecting the teeth to the bone get old and worn. This can make them look like they have grown but in reality they are wobbly and probably painful – they are likely to need removal.
Tumours in the mouth
Cancer in the jaw bone or gums can damage the structures that should hold the teeth firmly in place.