Dental resorptive lesions (RLs) are one of the most common oral problems experienced by cats today [
]. More than a dozen different names and acronyms have been used in the literature to refer to feline RLs. As we learn more about these lesions, we realize that terms like cat caries, neck lesions, and cervical line lesions are misnomers. The acronym FORL (feline odontoclastic resorption lesion) is now sometimes used. This nomenclature may create confusion in the literature because at this point, there is no reason to believe that feline RLs are any different from some types that occur in dogs, human beings, pigs, rats, mice, and marmosets [
- van Wessum R.
- Harvey C.E.
- Hennet P.
Feline dental resorptive lesions. Prevalence patterns.
Vet Clin N Am Small Anim Pract. 1992; 22: 1405-1416
]. The word “odontoclastic” also seems unnecessary, because odontoclasts are a component of most types of dental resorption, whether inflammatory, pressure, physiologic, replacement, traumatic, extracanal invasive, or internal [
- Reichart P.A.
- Durr U.M.
- Triadan H.
- et al.
Periodontal disease in the domestic cat.
J Periodontal Res. 1984; 19: 67-75
- Ten Cate A.R.
Hard tissue formation and destruction.
in: Oral histology development, structure, and function. 4th edition. Mosby-Year Book, St. Louis1994: 111-119
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