Hi there. I adopted a loving senior cat. two months ago The shelter extracted all of her teeth due to stomatitus and I took her home. She was fine for about one month, but one day began pawing at her face when she tried to eat and stopped eating. I took her to the vet and he discovered that her gums were inflamed and a little bloody. He put her on antibiotics for 10 days and gave her prednisone. I fed her broth mixed with wet food and she was able to eat again after about 7 days. But ten days later, the problem came back and she was in pain when she tried to eat (pawing at her face). I took her back to the vet immediately and she is back on antibiotics for two weeks and had another shot of prednisone. I have an appointment with a dental vet specialist but not until mid-January, the first available slot. She is now able to eat food again, but I'm quite worried. She looked to be in great pain. The vet said this is not curable and can only be managed. Would you have any advice? Thank you so much.Hi. Where I work we do many full mouth extractions due to stomatitis. We get referrals from other hospitals. I have never seen it well controlled with steroids and antibiotics. It is a very painful disease and they don't know what causes it. It can advance to the back of the throat as well. Best to have an experienced dentist with dental radiography and the ability to keep the cat comfortable before during and after the procedure. We do full anesthesia, nerve blocks, and run fentanyl for pain during and after the procedure. We keep them for at least 3 days after on a fentanyl IV drip with IV fluids and IV antibiotics. They usually are eating by the first night. We wean them off of the fentanyl and send them home with buprenorphine. We recheck them in a week if all is going well.