Extra (supernumerary) Teeth

Normally dogs have 42 adult teeth and cats have 30. Occasionally, extra teeth erupt in places where they do not belong.

Treatment Concepts:

  • If an extra tooth creates crowding, extract the tooth.
  • If an extra tooth does not create crowding, leave it in place and periodically follow up to make sure no inflammation occurs.
Boxer with extra upper left premolar teeth causing crowding

Treatment: Extract the extra teeth.

Retained deciduous teeth in a seven-month-old Maltese. Note the food material caught between the baby and adult teeth.

Treatment: Extract the baby tooth.