A frequent question we receive from veterinarians is when to extract a retained deciduous tooth. This 5.5 month old patient had retained maxillary deciduous teeth.
When both the emerging adult and deciduous teeth are present in the same alveolus, the resultant crowding leads to periodontal disease.
When should this patient’s deciduous canine teeth be extracted?
What additional dental concern is apparent in the patient’s photo?
The deciduous teeth need to be extracted immediately. There is also a class II malocclusion present causing the mandibular canine teeth to strike the hard palate. Orthodontics were planned for this patient to move the permanent canine teeth appropriately and create a comfortable bite.