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Can anyone tell me if it looks like my puppy’s baby canine tooth looks like it’s a retained tooth? We aren’t sure if the new tooth coming in is supposed to be filling in the spot of where her baby tooth should have fallen out. We want to take her to the vet but wanted to get any opinions beforehand. Thanks for any help!
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I'm not sure about the first picture (left side), but I have had similar to the second picture (right side). The adult tooth is coming in, and it hasn't pushed the baby tooth out yet. I think it's because it's not as closely under the baby tooth as usual. In my case, I took my dog to a canine dentist, and he pulled the baby teeth, but that girl was destined to be shown in conformation classes where a correct bite is important, and hers looked as if the retained baby teeth might keep the adult teeth from coming in far enough forward for a correct bite.

Why don't you call your vet and find out if baby teeth fall out even if the adult tooth isn't close enough to push them out?
 

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The canines are typically be the last adult teeth to come in, and a lot of times, the baby canines take longer to fall out than the other teeth. If the adult teeth are fully erupted and seated, and the baby teeth still haven't fallen out, your vet can pull them. How old is your puppy? It looks like his adult incisors are in, and probably his premolars and molars, while his canines are just starting to erupt.
 
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The canines are typically be the last adult teeth to come in, and a lot of times, the baby canines take longer to fall out than the other teeth. If the adult teeth are fully erupted and seated, and the baby teeth still haven't fallen out, your vet can pull them. How old is your puppy? It looks like his adult incisors are in, and probably his premolars and molars, while his canines are just starting to erupt.
Thanks that’s good to know. She is about 5.5 months old. Will be 6 months on August 14!
 

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I would probably just keep an eye on them, and make sure that the adult canines are coming in correctly. Make sure you give her lots of appropriate things of varying textures and hardness to chew on to help "set" her teeth.
 

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My dog had his baby canines until his adults were fully in. I think he was almost 9 months old when they finally came out. My vet wasn't worried about them but did say they would pull them eventually, but they fell out on their own. I made sure he had lots of chews, and soft games of tug seemed to help gently loosen them. His lickimat has always been the best for scraping his adult canines and I believe it probably helped loosen up his canines when he was a baby, too.
 

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If the canines aren't impacting the position of the adult teeth, you're probably fine waiting. But it is possible for retained baby teeth to cause some harm if they're pushing the adult teeth out of position. Frodo was very slow to lose all four of his canines, and we did end up having to pull one of them (turned out it still had a large, healthy root so it wasn't budging on its own).

His top teeth didn't concern the veterinary dental specialist we saw, but his bottom adult teeth were being pushed inward by his retained baby teeth. We were thankfully able to correct the growth with some non-invasive therapy the vet suggested, but if they had continued as they were, they could have grown so they were pressing into the roof of his mouth, which is a legit medical problem, because that can cause ulceration and infection. My understanding is it's quite rare for things to get THAT bad, but if you have any questions about the position of the adult teeth as they grow in, a consult with a vet is a good idea.
 
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