I have a 9 1/2 week old puppy that has approx a 1/4" overbite and I took him to the vet yesterday for his 1st appointment. I did know he had the overbite when I picked him up, so I am prepared to deal with it. The vet told me that he would like to pull his bottom front teeth (approx 8 teeth including bottom canines). This is supposed to allow the permenant teeth to have more room to move forward and possibly line up. However, he doesn't think it will make up the entire difference on his own and we may have to put a plate in to move them forward more as his permenant teeth come in. Again, I knew this was going to be a possibility going into this, so I expected it. One more thing I should add, is that his puppy canines and one of his other front lower teeth have made little holes in the roof of his mouth which I also saw when I picked him up.
Has anyone out there dealt with this same issue? How does it affect a puppy to not have lower teeth in the front for a couple months before his permenant teeth come in? He has already adapted to the overbite without any issues when eating, etc. so it really doesn't affect him in anyway. He still bites damn hard on my fingers or carpets or socks or anything, you get the point!!
Is this our best option? Is it best to get them out? Does it truly allow the bottom jaw to grow more with those bottom teeth out in anyones experience?
Would it be a better option to wait, let his baby teeth fall out, see where the permenant teeth come in and deal with it at that time? Possibly have his canines ground down at that time to avoid the roof of his mouth?
Thanks for any help you can offer before his appointment tommorrow morning, thursday 10-16-2008.