Dog's Teeth Are Falling Out

Once a dog's teeth become loose, a dentistry procedure is the best option.

By | Posted: Thu Mar 31 00:00:00 PST 2005

Q. I have a 4- or 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who was mistreated as a puppy by the original owner. He has recently lost two of his top front teeth, three at the bottom are loose and his breath is very bad. He has taken to just sitting for long periods licking his fur, mostly on his feet. He is still eating his regular dog food, mostly dry dog food, although I mix it with moist food for the evening meal, but he also seems to have an upset stomach most of the time. I am concerned that he is losing his teeth due to either health issues or due to age. He did jump over a dog playpen onto a tile floor when he was at the dog groomer. I noticed the teeth issue three days later. Do you have any ideas for me? I am currently unable to afford a large vet bill, but I am concerned because I love him very much.

Dr. Jon GellerA. It sounds like your Yorkie has advanced dental disease. If you smell bad breath, he most likely has a gum infection.

Once teeth become loose, there are few options except scheduling a dentistry procedure for your dog. It will involve general anesthesia, and will be fairly expensive, but the results may amaze you.

Your veterinarian will most likely extract the loose teeth, and thoroughly clean the others by scraping them below the gumline (root planing) and polishing them. Your vet may want to implant some delayed-release antibiotic medication if the gums are infected.

Can you imagine having a toothache from three or four rotten, infected teeth, and all of a sudden waking up and the pain is gone? This is what it will be like for your little dog. Your veterinarian will put him on antibiotics and a pain medication after the procedure, and you should notice an increase in appetite, energy and attitude.

Although you are trying to avoid a major expense, this is one that will be worth it, because your dog will feel much better. Once the procedure is over, your veterinarian can talk about strategies to prevent future dental disease.

Best of all, the doggie breath will be gone.

Jon Geller, DVM

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Diana   Albany, Georgia

11/6/2014 8:55:56 AM

my dog has black rotten lose teeth, should I just let them fall out on their own or go to the vet/

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gina   rockingham, North Carolina

8/8/2014 1:53:28 AM

I have a lil mixed yorkie/Shizu I think not sure she was given to medical or seven years ago I think she might be 9 or 10 years old I noticed today all her top teeth are gone and bottoms feel loose I don't know what to do can't afford vet right now I've been on layoff I went and got some antibiotic and soft food what should I do she had teeth now she don't im can't stand the thought of something happening to her

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Andrea   Kansas city, Kansas

4/22/2013 4:37:53 PM

My sisters dog recently fell she is a small dog. she knocked a tooth loose. Can it tighten back up or do we need to pull it?

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Sara   Las Vegas, Nevada

10/9/2012 8:41:54 PM

I have a 6 year old bischon. She has never had any health or dental issues. I have her teeth cleaned every time she goes to the groomer and she has never acted like she was in pain. But last night, I found a tooth that had fallen out. She does have bad breath, but that is nothing new. She's had bad breath since I got her when she was 4 months old. Does this mean she also has dental/gum disease? I am a full-time nursing student and don't have any extra money right now. What can I do to help prevent more teeth from coming loose?

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