General information on Unstable Jaw
Unstable jaw is a condition in which the cartilage that joins the lower jaw to the chin does not calcify. This causes the incisors that are located in the cartilage to become loose allowing for easy development of infections in the roots of these teeth leading to decay of both the teeth and the cartilage. If the cartilage decays, it causes the two sides of the jaw to detach. Unstable jaw is often caused by incorrect amounts of calcium and/or phosphorous in the affected dog’s diet. Unstable jaw may also be genetic and is often seen in toy breeds. It is important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible to help prevent tooth loss and cartilage decay. Should the affected dog loose its teeth, it becomes harder for the dog to eat and to defend itself.
Symptoms of Unstable Jaw
Some of the symptoms of unstable jaw may be: the lower incisors are loose, decay of the lower incisors, decay of the cartilage around the lower incisors, and separation of the two sides of the jaw allowing them to move independently.
Treatments for Unstable Jaw
The treatment for unstable jaw is to remove the lower incisors and antibiotics. The jaw may also be wired to the chin. Should an improper diet also be a cause of the unstable dog, a change in the affected dog’s diet is also called for.
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