The image below is a closeup of a cat’s mouth. Study the image carefully, then make your diagnosis. Is this condition painful for the cat?
Diagnosis: Fractured Lower Left Canine Tooth
Look at the right side of the picture, next to the large upper canine tooth and you will see the remnant of the lower left canine tooth. The discolored area in the center of the tooth with the black dot is the pulp cavity. This condition is very painful. Dental x-rays of the tooth revealed infection from the gum line to the tip of the root. It was removed and the cat made a complete recovery.
Let me emphasize one important point. I have immense compassion for animals in pain. So, I expend considerable effort on pain management. Make sure if your animal is suffering you ask your veterinarian about the steps they are taking to resolve pain in the hours after a procedure and for an appropriate length of time thereafter.