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Old 08-30-2016, 03:23 PM
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Missing tooth

Hi,

So I just noticed today that Mia is missing a tooth. She's 8.5 months right now and where the tooth is supposed to be, all I see is a thin red line. There are no tooth fragments or anything.

Based on the photo I attached, she's missing the 3rd premolar from the left.

I can't figure out how or when it fell out. She was recently chewing on a pork bone (the humerus bone) but I can't see an entire tooth falling out.

The only other thing I can think of was about a month ago we were at the dog park and this random guy walked up to Mia who was chewing on a big stick...and he said he wanted to grab the stick and throw it for her. I said no, leave her alone she is very protective over her sticks. He ignored me and grabbed it. He lifted up the stick up and she was still holding onto it and held on for a few seconds until she let go and I heard a scraping sound as the stick slid through and out of her mouth. Needless to say, she got freaked out and ran away with her tail tucked in between her legs. I lost my sh*t on that guy, I was so mad. ANYway....I don't know if maybe that's when she lost that tooth. I didn't check her mouth after that, I should have but I was too worked up over that guy.

My friend said that she might need an implant. What are your thoughts? She has an appointment to see the vet on Saturday but if she needs an implant, I might hold off until I get pet insurance (I've been undecided on which company to go for).

I don't know how important that premolar is when she eats, I guess that's what the vet is for. Does anyone have any insights?

Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:18 PM
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Many dogs have incomplete dentition! My Molly had a full set of baby teeth but when they fell out .....4 premolars never grew back in.......a sign of her bad genetics (we suspect she was an oops baby from inbreeding) She has a tough time tearing up her raw meat ( that's what the premolars are for ie; tearing up meat) so I cut it up. She does have all her big molars so she is quite able to chew up her raw meaty bones just fine!
The rest of her teeth are beautiful! Hahaha!
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:34 AM
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You would be surprised at how well dogs can do with a missing tooth. In fact, some dogs are missing several teeth and do fine, they just adapt to which teeth to chew with. I have a friend with a Xolo, a breed known for missing teeth. He has only a few teeth, and she raw feeds and he does just fine. One missing tooth isn't going to be a problem. I wouldn't worry about an implant.

What may have happened, was chewing on the bone you were talking about(which isn't a good type to chew on), may have cracked or broken the tooth then, and the stick being pulled out of his mouth just pulled the rest of it out. I'm sure the bone chewing weakened the tooth to some degree. Weight bearing bones from large animals are too dense, and commonly cause broken and cracked teeth.
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Wow. I am fuming to hear that a (deleted/stranger) would do that to your dog. Wow. Just had to say that--where the heck do people get the idea that someone else's dog is their plaything???

As for that missing tooth--my guy is missing one lower canine & adjacent premolars, just gone (he arrived that way, 3rd world dog), and he's just fine. I have no idea how that happened.

And on the lighter side, just last week, I had him out in the woods, looked down, and PANICKED when I notice he was freshly missing MORE TEETH--the premolars on the other lower side.
PANICKED---phoned my husband, made a vet appointment, because I could not imagine a healthy dog just losing teeth for no reason.
Later that day, realized the 'missing teeth' was simply his teeth covered by his black & red lip flap. Oooh boy- embarrassment and relief all at once.

So I don't think you need to worry, or go for implants, or anything else unless he's got bad gums, bad breath, or other indication of ill dental health.
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Thank you for all the replies guys!!! Boy do I feel so much better now!!! I've been so much of a worrier with Mia, I need to chill out! lol
@LuvMyFluff That's EXACTLY what Mia's teeth look like! hahaha missing on the same side too! lol
@naturalfeddogs thank you for that. I assumed it was okay cuz I bought it at a raw dog food store and I trusted their advice. I still have one more in the freezer but I don't think I will give it to her.
@Artdog To this day I still get a little worked up when I think about it. But I should just be thankful there wasn't any more damage in her mouth. So far her teeth are still really white and clean, breath is normal.
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Are you sure she had the tooth at some point? Missing premolars aren't uncommon in APBTs/AmStaffs/Am Bullys, particularly the latter due to A. breeding for increasingly shorter muzzles, which means less room for teeth, and B. Lack of concern for dogs having full dentition.

Here's a couple articles re: congenital tooth abnormalities
Developmental Abnormalities of the Mouth and Dentition in Small Animals: Dentistry: Merck Veterinary Manual

American Pit Bull Terrier Network Teeth

Either way, it shouldn't bother her, I know dogs who have only a few teeth left, but manage to gum kibble and bones no problem, so she should be good to go
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