Thomas had his dental today and came through like a champ! Not only that, due to a few marvels of modern veterinary medicine, he kept ALL his remaining teeth! They got rid of all the tartar, cleaned out the pockets of infection, planed the roots, and then treated the pockets and loose teeth with a special gel that helps reattach the roots to the jawbone! I was asked if I wanted this as an alternative to extraction as it costs more...(yeah, right...) So, Thomas is home. He has passed his initial eating test by keeping down a small amount of food and water and has since had dinner and a good drink and a nosh of dry cat food. He got an antibiotic shot that lasts two weeks so doesn't have to take antibiotics at home, and has a couple of days of pain medicine in case his mouth bothers him. In all honesty, it seems to be feeling better already than it did before treatment. One new thing I found out about Thomas is that he's a happy "Drunk". They gave him Versed as a pre-op medication, and apparently it has the same effect on him that it has on a lot of humans. He was staggering around the house...VERY FRIENDLY. He staggered up to Squeaky and threw his "arm" around her. She promptly belted him, but at least had the decency to keep her claws in. He will still need frequent dental care to keep up with the remaining teeth and the gel treatment may need to be repeated, but there's no way his teeth will ever get into the state they were in when he came home forever. I looked in his mouth when he came home and the teeth, now that I can see them, are very worn and I can see where the broken ones were ground down. His gums were bleeding then, but I've looked since and that seems to have stopped. So, from here it's nothing but onward and upward.