Anatomical variations in the dentition of the domestic cat

Frank J Verstraete, Cheryl H. Terpak

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Skulls (n = 155) of adult domestic cats were examined macroscopically and anatomical variations were documented. The maxillary second premolar tooth was absent in 7.9% of cases, and was found to have a single root in 27.7%, partly fused roots in 55.1% and two fully formed roots in 9.2% of cases. The maxillary first molar tooth was absent in 2.3% of cases; a single root was present in 35.0%, a partly fused root in 34.7%, and two roots in 28.0% of cases. Supernumerary roots were found on the maxillary third premolar teeth in 10.3% of cases. Other variations were found to be extremely rare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Dentistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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