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Canine Development Problems

When the primary teeth do not fall out on time, there is not enough space for the permanent teeth to move into the correct spot as seen here. The permanent canine teeth are positioned to far in the mouth and closing the mouth can be very painful.

Retained Deciduous Teeth

Retained Deciduous Teeth

Also referred as a persistent primary tooth, a retained deciduous tooth occurs when the adult tooth fails to push the baby tooth from its socket. Retained deciduous teeth should be extracted to prevent orthodontic and/or periodontal future problems.

Retained Deciduous Teeth

Retained Deciduous Teeth

Also referred as a persistent primary tooth, a retained deciduous tooth occurs when the adult tooth fails to push the baby tooth from its socket. Retained deciduous teeth should be extracted to prevent orthodontic and/or periodontal future problems.

Supernumerary Teeth

Supernumerary Teeth

Supernumerary teeth occur when one or more extra permanent teeth erupt in the oral cavity. Treatment of choice is to remove the extra tooth giving the normal teeth enough room.

Rotated Teeth

Rotated Teeth

Normally teeth should be orientated to follow a natural arch. Occasionally a rotated tooth is positioned perpendicular to the normal arch. Extraction of the abnormal tooth is indicated to help prevent periodontal disease.

Missing Teeth

Missing Teeth

Occasionally there will be a visible area where a tooth should be but is not apparent. In some cases the crown has been traumatically removed leaving a root. In other cases the dog or cat was born without a tooth in the area. X-rays should be taken to evaluate the area beneath the gum line for fractured roots, impacted teeth, and cysts.

Enamel Hypomineralization

Enamel Hypomineralization

Enamel hypomineralization occurs when there is normal enamel matrix deposition with inadequate mineralization resulting in decreased enamel over all crown surfaces resulting in a dull appearance.

Enamel Hypoplasia

Enamel Hypoplasia

Focal or multifocal enamel hypoplasia occurs when there is an inadequate deposition of enamel matrix resulting in clinically normal appearing areas of the crown as well as areas of missing enamel exposing underlying dentin.