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Loki's dental problems - overbite
I am just sitting down from a long day with the specialist dentist and Loki. Loki is now lying in my lap with a mouth full of stitches, e-collar for 2 weeks, eating food the consistency of pudding for the next 14 day, no chew toys, fetch, sticks, leaves for that period of time. How am I going to deal with this miserable puppy for 2 weeks! He is already trying to get the collar off and he is still groggy from the anesthesia.
I knew before I got him that he had an overbite but I wasn't overly concerned. Well that has changed now. The dentist explained to me this morning that Loki has a traumatic malocclusion 2. That is an overbite severe enough that the lower teeth cause injury to the palate and the upper teeth.
In Loki's case, the bottom puppy canines are catching on the upper teeth inhibiting the bottom jaw from growing.
With young puppies they start by doing selective extraction of the puppy teeth to allow the maximum amount of growth genetically possible. Today they removed all of Loki's bottom puppy incisors and the canines and two permanent teeth.
We hope and pray that this will allow the jaw to grow enough to both allow the canines to come in in a place that won't interfere with the palate or upper teeth, as well give enough room for other permanent teeth that you can see on the x-ray are growing at angles not straight up to straighten up before they come in.
We are going to have to continue to evaluate next steps as needed as the permanent teeth erupt which will still be a few more weeks or months. If removing the puppy teeth doesn't solve the problem, then the permanent canines may have to be removed, or shaved down, or he might need orthodonture.
The breeder told me - "I did want to tell you that he does have an over bite. My vet felt that if the canines come in and line up correctly it wouldn't be too bad. Also the top jaw does grow faster than the bottom so the bottom could catch up. " I really feel like that over simplified what the repercussions might be.
Also, the dentist told me today that I needed to tell the breeder how severe it is so she can avoid breeding the parents of the dog in the future. He thought it was a genetic defect severe enough that I should be looking at the pet purchase protection (lemon) law. Of course there isn't one in the state I purchased the puppy.
I am venting to all of you that understand. Parvo, Giardia, and now these dental issues in the first 4 weeks is taking its toll on me and him. He is a precious little dog that doesn't deserve all this misery.