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Old 08-16-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Pup needs doggy orthodontist?!?

Darwin went to the vet yesterday to get his ear infection rechecked, and I also asked the Vet to look inside his mouth to check how his teeth are coming along...baby teeth havent fallen out, adult teeth coming in fast. After examining Darwin's mouth, the dr suggested I take him to see a doggy orthodontist b/c not only does he need the baby teeth extracted, his back molers should be further apart, and are coming in very close. I asked him what the negative aspect of this would be if I were to leave it untreated, and he said it would poke into his upper palet, and he may never be able to fully close his mouth.

Has anyone had any experience with orthodontal work, and can give advice/suggestions? I'm thinking this is going to cost a lot of $$...
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It sounds like you might not have a choice but to see an orthodontist or to have the teeth pulled. Most vets do routine dentistry but this must be a special case for them to refer you. I would atleast go and get a second opinion from an orthodontist and then you can make a more informed decision on what to do. Good Luck!!
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It sounds like you might not have a choice but to see an orthodontist or to have the teeth pulled. Most vets do routine dentistry but this must be a special case for them to refer you. I would atleast go and get a second opinion from an orthodontist and then you can make a more informed decision on what to do. Good Luck!!
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I too am concerned and my Abby may need an orthodontist - so glad you posted this. When I had her spayed in July they supposedly checked her teeth (while under anesthetic) and said they were fine. I took her to have her stitches out 12 days later and told them I didn't think they checked them cause she has double bottom canine teeth on both sides! I don't know which ones are her puppy teeth and none of them are loose. She will be 7 months old on the 3rd of September - is this normal or will I need to take her to a specialist too?

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We took Darwin in for his dental specialist visit on Saturday - and they quoted us low $700 - high $800 to have his baby teeth extracted. The dentist didn't think he needed any permanent teeth removed, but said he cant tell that until they xray and determine for sure. I'm in SHOCK at how much it's going to cost to remove baby teeth! Now I wish I would've waited to get his neuter done and have them remove teeth at the same time...but we neutered him at 4 months b/c he started humping and trying to lift his leg while peeing. Oh well...anythng for my baby - I better cut down on the spending now! Surgery is scheduled for 2 weeks out. My question is...if it's just as simple as removing baby teeth, why did the regular vet refer us out to a specialist? Did he not feel confident in removing baby teeth himself?? I'm so confused...
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Most Yorkies do not loose their baby canines and they have to be pulled. This is common and a regular vet can easily do this. And it shouldnt cost an arm and a leg either. My vet usually charges about 5.oo per tooth extraction plus anesthesia and vet call.(around 100.00 max)

I would defineately get a second opinion on that orthodontist visit. Unless the dog has a major problem, most regular vets can extract teeth.
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All the Vets I met through my job would remove them @ the same time as they were being neutered. No $en$e putting them under twice. They used to charge $5.oo per tooth but most around here charge $25.oo for front teeth, $50.00 for the middle teeth and up to $100.00 FOR THE MOLARS BECAUSE OF THE ROOTS. NO HARM IN GETTING A SECOND OPINION. iT COULD SAVE YOU SOME BIG $$$'s... Good Luck, Barons Mommy
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Spike had similar problems when his adult teeth started coming in - we had to extract ten of his baby teeth while he had his neuter because they weren't falling out and they were causing his adult ones to come in crooked. When he went for his check up about a year later, his vet said that there are still some teeth that don't line up perfectly, and although doggie braces are an option, it shouldn't cause any majors problems.

Small breeds apparently often have problems with this because canine teeth don't shrink in relation to dog size. What I mean by that is that you may have an eight pound dog and an eighty pound dog, but the teeth of the small dog might not be 10 percent the size of the large dog. Typically in larger breeds there is more space between the teeth and therefore more 'room for error', so to speak.

If your pup is still young and his adult teeth have not come in yet, extracting the baby teeth now should help a great deal. But a note of caution - my vet referred us to a canine dental specialist, too, and like you, he quoted us a huge price. I got a second opinion from another vet, and saved about $600. Remember that tooth extraction is a very common procedure, especially in small breeds, so don't feel you have to rely on a dental specialist to do it.
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Thanks for your input. I'm def going to get another opinion - I'm going to call the specialist and cancel our existing appointment...almost 1000 for teeth just doesn't make any sense to me.
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