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Abnormal molar development is a very common disease in many dogs. Most likely dogs with small muzzles have a great chance from getting affected by this. There are lot of dogs that have ten molar teeth, sometimes these molar teeth do not grow as they should be & their mouth differs in sizes depending on the breed, so sometimes the abnormal molar development becomes a serious problem for those dogs. Another thing you should know that this problem becomes dangerously serious, when a dog is going through the teething stage & the molar tooth starts to grow unusually. So you need to be careful when you see that the dog is going through that period, because if you start taking care from that time then your dog will suffer less & can avoid bad consequences in future, which will not only save your dog but also your money, because the treatment of abnormal molar development is costly.
Signs of abnormal molar development
We cannot predict whether male or female dogs have most possible chances to get affected by this. But if your dog have small muzzles then he will have less space in the chin & that’s the main reason why this problem happens. There are many signs that your dog may show if he is going through this problem, however there are some major symptoms that clearly indicates this problem.
- Your dog will have a decrease in the appetite
- Your dog will bleed in gum
- Because of mouth pain your dog will become sad all the time
- Your dog will start avoid chewing things he used to chew before.
- Weird behavior or unusual act
Cause of Abnormal Molar Development
This problem also happens when mechanical challenge in the mouth hinder the appropriate crown-root expansion. You will need to give contextual history of the symptoms that you noticed to the vet then most probably he will perform a full physical & oral examination on the dog.
An anomaly of growth can happen from the deepening of enamel in the dental papilla (also known as Dense-in-dente), before the calcification of oral tissue places all over it usually begin in the crown & very quickly spread over the root.
A valuation of the remaining mandibular bone may be a key before extracting the tooth, if the vet figures out that the tooth is very injured & difficult to survive. Most likely to predict any changes, your vet will take diagnostic assessment with a complete dental X-ray at the roots.
To cure your dog from this issue, first the vet will most likely begin with a pain management & perfect pre-operative antimicrobial treatment. Most of the times, there can be some hints of the non-vital pulp in the tooth by a wide canal bone loss & periapical. Most vet gives warning before removing the tooth during the critical situation, however this is not a serious procedure. The vet will take proper care of the active dissolution or resorption of bone tissue (osteolysis). Sometimes depending on the situation the vet will go by using bone-promoting material when the removal procedure is done.
The vet can also recommend pain medicine if your dog having too much pain & also to make him normal for eating foods. The vet will ask to recheck the dog’s teeth for confirming if there is any type of infection. You will need to check your dog for a few weeks to see whether the wound is healing or not. The prognosis usually protect to maintain the tooth.
Now last but not the least thing, you may have a question that how much does it cost to take a proper treatment of abnormal molar development, the answer is it takes 200 to 1000 USD, & yes it is costly depending the condition of your dog. However, in US most clinics charge 400 USD on average.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.