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We frequently see puppies come in with dental issues. These are generally divided into one of two categories: (1) retained deciduous teeth, and (2) malocclusions. We can make some general statements regarding pedodontics:

In the case of retained deciduous teeth... if there are 2 teeth occupying the same position in the mouth the deciduous tooth must be extracted. Great care must be used in the extraction process to avoid damaging the permanent tooth. Radiographs are always indicated to evaluate dental anatomy prior to and after extraction are performed.

Most occlusal abnormalities involving jaw length are genetic in nature and are not easily resolved.

If there is a malocclusion related to abnormal jaw length and the permanent teeth have not erupted, we can sometimes perform “interceptive orthodonture” which involves “strategic extractions” which may allow the short jaw to assume its proper length.

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