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    04-05-2010, 08:05 AM
Tooth didn't drop

I'm looking at a new mare to compete in trail classes with. She's nicely bred, well built, and rides fine. While I was looking her over on Saturday, I looked in her mouth and, at first, I thought she had one of her teeth knocked out. When I looked further, what it seems to be is that her permanent tooth never dropped after she lost her baby tooth.

You can feel the tooth at her gum line but it never came out. My wife manages a dental practice and she told me that it does happen more then you think with kids. With a kid, thought, you would go in and get it. I'm certainly not going to do that with a 9 year old mare.

Her teeth don't look like they are shifting as would happen if you pulled a tooth and didn't put in a false one. My question is, aside from the cosmetics, is there any long term problem I may have to deal with?
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    04-05-2010, 11:44 AM
The only possible concern I can think of is if it were a tooth in the front, would it affect the straightness of a bit in her mouth? Granted, the teeth aren't usually what stops a bit from going further back in the horses mouth, but you never know.
    04-05-2010, 12:16 PM
You might lose a few points with the judges when she smiles at them. Maybe you can do a veneer to make it purdy.
    04-05-2010, 02:32 PM
Jody's boss can make her a bridge!!! (at true redneck horse)

Ricci, I'm not sure what you mean. If she had no teeth in the front, it would not effect bit placement.
    04-05-2010, 02:37 PM
She's nine years old so I would say it doesn't effect her too much. As long as she can keep wieght on she should be fine without it.
    04-05-2010, 02:47 PM
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You might have to float the lower tooth if it doesnt wear correctly but other than that, at 9, I would think you'd see any major issues at this point.
    04-05-2010, 02:51 PM
She is a little thinner then I like at the moment but I saw her a few months ago and she was in excellent condition. She's just been out to pasture for the winter. Overall, it doesn't seem to effect her at present but I was wondering what having a tooth up where it doesn't belong will do long term. I may just be over thinking it.
    04-05-2010, 02:56 PM
Sorry, I meant the first molar, not her front teeth. O_O
    04-05-2010, 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Sorry, I meant the first molar, not her front teeth. O_O
Now that makes sense (LOL).
    04-05-2010, 03:07 PM
Sorry. Sometimes I lose words between my brain and my fingers, lol.

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