Also known as a Class 2 Malocclusion, an overbite can be a painful misalignment of teeth in your dog.
What you need to know…
- The lower canine teeth are striking the roof of the mouth or palate.
- It can happen to both puppies and adult dogs.
- The goal is to provide a comfortable and functional bite for your pet as he/she matures.
How an Overbite may look:
Possible Therapy / Treatment:
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An overbite or class 2 malocclusion results in the lower canine teeth striking the roof of the mouth or palate. This is a painful condition. Dental therapy should be performed as soon as possible with the goal to provide a “comfortable and functional bite”.
Extraction therapy of puppy teeth is recommended as young as possible (6-9 weeks of age), to relieve the pain of tooth-to-palate contact as well as to allow the lower jaws to grow to their genetic potential. Unfortunately, most lower jaws will remain too short. Therefore, these pets must be re-evaluated at 5.5 months of age to select the best therapy: orthodontic therapy, extraction of the lower canine teeth or crown reduction (shortening the teeth) and pulp capping.