Abnormal Molar Development In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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Abnormal molar development in dogs is a condition that occurs when a dog’s molars do not have enough room to grow into them properly. The technical term for this is dilacerated lower first molar.

Abnormal molar development is a problem that affects smaller dogs the most. It can lead to a number of symptoms, including receding gums and bleeding gums, along with general mouth pain.

If you see signs that your dog is suffering from dental or oral health problems, then You need to consult your veterinarian for correct diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of abnormal molar development in dogs.

Symptoms of Abnormal Molar Development in Dogs

Abnormal development of the molars in dogs can lead to a number of symptoms, most of which affect the mouth area. Some of the most common general symptoms are:

  • Receding gums
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Difficulty or pain while eating
  • Reduced appetite

Causes of Abnormal Molar Development in Dogs

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The cause of abnormal molar development in dogs is usually a lack of adequate space for the teeth to grow into. This can cause teeth to grow at abnormal angles or in unusual locations. Trauma can also cause this condition.

In addition, certain breeds of dogs are more likely to suffer from abnormal molar development than others. The breeds most commonly affected include Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, and Pugs.

Treatments for Abnormal Molar Development in Dogs

If you suspect your dog may have abnormal molar development, your veterinarian will conduct both a physical and oral exam. They will also ask about recent incidents that may have resulted in trauma to the mouth. Veterinarians can use dental x-rays to confirm a diagnosis.

Treatment for abnormal molar development may include pain management and extraction of the affected tooth.

While your dog is recovering, your veterinarian may prescribe pain medication treatment. As always, when your veterinarian prescribes medication for your dog, it is important that you strictly follow dosage and frequency instructions and complete the entire medication course.

Dogs recovering from abnormal molar development may also need to change their diet so that meals do not become painful events.

Have you ever had a dog deal with abnormal molar development? How did your vet treat the affected teeth? Tell us all about it in the comments below.