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Bite Evaluation

Every pet deserves a comfortable and functional bite. Schedule an oral examination for your pet to check for possible misalignment or other common oral conditions affecting his/her bite.

  • Puppies have 30 and kittens have 24 deciduous teeth that erupt by 8 weeks of age.
  • These are replaced by 42 adult teeth in dogs and 30 teeth in cats by 6 months of age.
  • Overbite, underbite, misaligned teeth, impacted teeth, and extra teeth can contribute to a “painful bite”, possibly affecting their ability to retrieve and even eat.

oral exam dog occulsion
Oral exam of occlusion (normal)

malocclusion overbite dog
Example of a malocclusion (ie. overbite)

palate contact dog
Palate contact from lower canines is painful 

crown reduction
Crown reduction to relieve pain

  • We prefer and are routinely referred patients at a young age for misaligned teeth (ie. malocclusions) and can offer one or more solutions.
  • These solutions or treatments are based on the breed of the pet, disposition, intended use/lifestyle as well as keeping it “simple” so we have consistent/successful outcomes.
  • The majority of malocclusions are genetic, so we will counsel pet-owners on neutering or breeding concerns.