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I was worried about this. Our 5 month old pug mix has a severe undershot bite. I thought her adult teeth were mostly growing in (except for one upper canine).

Well, we just got back from the vet and she told me that most of Coconut's teeth are still puppy teeth! Not only is that worrying, but her severe undershot is likely going to make some of her adult teeth grow in a way that might damage her mouth. The doc said Coconut will probably have to some teeth pulled! She recommended we see a vet dentist about other options.

I've read a little online, but there's not much information about dog orthodontics/pulling teeth. Can anyone provide insight into how dangerous this is, how much time it will take until it's resolved and a ballpark on pricing for pulling teeth or whatever else a vet dentist might recommend?

I can provide more details after we visit the dentist (hopefully by next Friday).

Thanks in advance!
 

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I haven't looked into when puppy teeth fall out and adult ones come in....and vet prices can vary from vet to vet. But given what I've read, in some areas it's really expensive!

I had a small dog named Shilo, I don't think she ever weighed more than 9 pounds.
When her adult teeth came in, most of her puppy teeth never fell out. Her mouth reminded me of a sharks with a double row of teeth. My vet put her under and pulled the puppy teeth and told me they all slid out pretty easily....but they did need pulled because they were not really loose nor going to fall out on their own any time soon and were interfering with the way her adult teeth were forming.

This was back in the early 1990's and in a small town, I think the whole vet bill for pulling a bunch of her puppy teeth amounted to $75.00 and they had to put her under to do it. I wouldn't be surprised now days in some towns that the bill could run a $1,000. In my town, the vets still work dirt cheap and it would probably cost about $150 - $200 or so, to do what was done with Shilo back in the 1990s.

You might try a 2nd opinion from another vet...and see what they say and also if a specialist is needed...call and at least get some ideas on pricing and if anyone will take payments if it's getting out of your budget range.

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You might try a 2nd opinion from another vet...and see what they say and also if a specialist is needed...call and at least get some ideas on pricing and if anyone will take payments if it's getting out of your budget range.

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Thanks for the advice! On the phone it sounded like the doc said x-rays and anesthesia alone could cost $750, but I must have heard him wrong! Depending on what they say, I very well may seek out a second opinion.

I hate the idea of having to pull out my dog's adult teeth so, even if it means dog braces, I'd be more okay with that I think.
 

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There are many breeds that allow an undershot mouth, like the Shih Tzu, as long as it is not visible. I have had undershot Shih Tzu x Maltese and have never had to have a dentist to any of them. I have had them in for teeth cleaning and sometimes when they get older, they may need some teeth pulled but puppies' jaws grow at different rates and I would wait till the adult teeth come in unless it is interfering with the dog eating.
 

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There are many breeds that allow an undershot mouth, like the Shih Tzu, as long as it is not visible. I have had undershot Shih Tzu x Maltese and have never had to have a dentist to any of them. I have had them in for teeth cleaning and sometimes when they get older, they may need some teeth pulled but puppies' jaws grow at different rates and I would wait till the adult teeth come in unless it is interfering with the dog eating.
Yeah. Our vet said the dog dentist might recommend waiting until her teeth are grown to do anything. I should note that her bottom teeth are visible when her mouth is closed (and those are still puppy teeth). I have no idea how bad it will get when her adult teeth grow in.
 

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I don't know why they would want to pull the adult teeth...you mentioned that your vets said they are still puppy teeth that are in there. You might wait a little more and see if the adult teeth come in. In could be your puppy is just a tab slow in maturing.

Still...I would get a second opinion...and even start calling some vets outside your area and price shop a little bit. I about gag when I see some of the vet prices quoted on this board...and know I live someplace where the vets are pretty competent and do things for 1/2 or even more than 1/2 of what things are costing in other areas of the country.

For example: I have a dog that I might have some preventative surgery done on...staple his stomach to his rib cage so if he bloats, his stomach won't 'flip' and end up killing him. I read on the internet that the average nationwide price for this procedure is around $2,000. My vet said she could do it for $250 max...probably less than that.

Who ever you chose though...seek out references.

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Are your puppy's teeth traumatizing the gums? An underbite in theory doesn't matter, but if the alignment is such that a puppy is actually poking itself with its own teeth that's like chewing on broken glass all the time and something needs to be done about it.
 

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I'm glad that you are going to see a vet dentist, I think one will be able to give you a much better idea on what is going on, and the best treatment plan to follow, whether that is wait and see or tooth removal.

Vet prices vary a lot depending on what region you live in. I've lived in New Orleans and now I'm in East Texas and both places have cheaper vet cost then what I've learned people in the North East are paying. Cost will also vary from vet to vet.

A week ago my friend had to have dental work done on a miniature poodle that her granddaughter gave her a couple months ago. The cost to clean her teeth and pull one of them was around $150, if more teeth would have had to have been pulled the cost would have risen with each one.
 

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my vet pulls puppy teeth if needed the same time as spay or castration is done. one anaesthetic dose, much safer, and cheaper
I'd be asking about doing both at the same time.
 

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There are many breeds that allow an undershot mouth, like the Shih Tzu, as long as it is not visible. I have had undershot Shih Tzu x Maltese and have never had to have a dentist to any of them. I have had them in for teeth cleaning and sometimes when they get older, they may need some teeth pulled but puppies' jaws grow at different rates and I would wait till the adult teeth come in unless it is interfering with the dog eating.

That would explain my pup Shilohs puppy teeth are still there at 1 year and still growing
 

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I don't know that an underbite is a problem, really. But if your dog's puppy teeth aren't falling out on their own, this is definitely an issue.

Puppy teeth in place will potentially block the proper growth of the adult teeth. As well, they can start to rot (even with brushing!) inside puppy's mouth, which can cause gum disease, inflammation, etc..

The surgery to remove puppy teeth is really not that traumatic. Of course, general anaesthetic is to be taken seriously, but I think you'll find that your pup won't suffer much pain in recovery. They really do bounce back very quickly!

I have four Italian Greyhounds, a breed that is renowned for tooth problems! We brush every day, and we've still had to do dental work with ALL of them over the years. I'm always amazed by how quickly they recover from dental work. The most painful part is almost always the vet bill. ;)
 

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I was worried about this. Our 5 month old pug mix has a severe undershot bite. I thought her adult teeth were mostly growing in (except for one upper canine).

Well, we just got back from the vet and she told me that most of Coconut's teeth are still puppy teeth! Not only is that worrying, but her severe undershot is likely going to make some of her adult teeth grow in a way that might damage her mouth. The doc said Coconut will probably have to some teeth pulled! She recommended we see a vet dentist about other options.

I've read a little online, but there's not much information about dog orthodontics/pulling teeth. Can anyone provide insight into how dangerous this is, how much time it will take until it's resolved and a ballpark on pricing for pulling teeth or whatever else a vet dentist might recommend?

I can provide more details after we visit the dentist (hopefully by next Friday).

Thanks in advance!

I've been going through the opposite with my pup. He's got a big overbite, and the vet was worried that when his adult teeth came in that they would cause damage to the roof of his mouth. He had recommended neutering him early and pulling his puppy teeth at the same time to hopefully allow his bottom adult teeth to grow to the outside of this upper teeth when they came in. Luckily for me I play hockey with a veterinary surgeon who took a look at him and got an opinion from the dentist at his practice. They went the other way with it and decided that it was best to wait and see how his teeth did, checking in every couple weeks. His teeth were also a little slow coming in. He's just over 9 months old now, he was about 7 months old when he's adult teeth started coming in. Turns out the wait and see approach worked as it looks like now he'll need no dental intervention.

In terms of cost, I imagine it'll be different depending on where you're located. This is what we were looking at. In both scenarios his neutering and dental work were going to be done together to save cost and to only have to put him under once. For the vet to pull his teeth it was the cost of the neuter + $20-$30 for the teeth pulling. My friend comps all his vet services to me so the neutering/xrays/blood work is all free but there would have been a small charge for the dentists time. Never found out what this would have been but I'd guess $100-200. There was a point because Tucker's teeth were taking so long to come in and he was starting to be a pain in the ass about marking everything that we talked about doing the neuter and dental separately, in that case the his separate dental consult and work needed would have cost around $1000. (all canadian prices btw)

I will tell you that when the vet first pointed out the overbite, everyone was in agreement that he would most likely need some intervention, this was when he was about 3 months old to about 7.5 months old... then his teeth made their own adjustment and since then every check has pushed us more towards no intervention, final call will be made next week when he will hopefully get neutered with no dental work.

Sorry for the novel, but hope that helps.
 

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If you have the availability of a dental specialist in your area, it will not cost a fortune to simply get an appointment with him or her… you don't HAVE to do anything else yet (and my guess is they will want to wait until sometime after 6 months when all adult teeth are in and all the baby teeth have had an opportunity to fall out on their own). THEN there may be some things to recommend doing. But many many dogs have very undershot jaws with few serious repercussions and live normal lives.
 
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