Retained Deciduous or Milk Teeth In Cats

What to Do if your cat Still Has Its Baby Teeth?

Cats should lose their baby teeth by the time they are Adults. Find out what to do if your kitten still has its baby teeth and if it is a problem?

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Mammals are born without teeth. Most mammals and cats grow two sets of teeth. Sometimes when the adult teeth emerge, they do not push out the Milk teeth.

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Above: The milk teeth

What Are Retained Baby Teeth in cats?

Retained baby teeth are baby teeth that are still in the mouth after the adult teeth have erupted.

Problems with Retained Baby Teeth in Dogs: Crowding, abnormal bite, and usually oral disease like infections and periodontal. Food and bacteria is trapped between the extra teeth resulting in dental disease and infections.

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Above:  Post op — the retained cat canine is removed and the socket stitched closed

Do Retained Baby Teeth in Cats Need to Be Extracted?

Not usually!

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But if the milk tooth is firm and appears to be problematic – there is little harm removing it.

Pulling or extracting baby teeth requires anaesthesia to extract the entire baby tooth root without damaging the adult tooth root.

Sadly whales are mammals that are not visited by the Tooth Fairy since they only have one set of teeth that they keep for life.

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Above: Going home after the Cat dental to remove retained canine teeth.

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