I have an older cat with a "bad mouth". She has two fangs and no other real teeth. Her gums are somewhat inflamed (the vet showed me that when he opened her mouth). At the time he suggested removing tooth remnants that may be inflaming her gums.
I felt very leery because she is an older cat (say 18-20 years old or so). She has had a horrible mouth for most of her life (her previous owner remarked on that). So I'm not sure this procedure is essential. It would be nice to give her some relief and help her gums but then I'm not sure it would work at that and I feel frightened about having her put under sedation.
I'm about 95% decided not to do the dental procedure (given her age and the fact that she's gone this long without it). I want her to feel her best but at the same time don't want to risk loosing her on something that isn't dire.