Dogs are born with two sets of teeth. The first are milk teeth, just like humans. They will gradually be replaced by permanent teeth. Tooth replacement takes place from approximately the 3rd month and is completed around the 8th month of life. So if you observe your puppy more than usual and do not count all the teeth, do not panic. However, it can also happen that milk teeth do not fall out, and in this case they appear at the same time as permanent teeth. However, this is an undesirable condition and these teeth need to be professionally removed.

Milk teeth consist of 28 teeth


The permanent dentition consists of 42 teeth


A set of milk teeth is distinguished by the fact that there are no external molars and the first premolars "P" are missing.
Upper and lower jaw of the dog

Changing milk teeth for permanent teeth

During growth, the permanent tooth replaces the milk tooth and gradually pushes it out with its growth. By pressing on the root of the baby tooth, it closes its root canal, thereby stopping nutrition and making it easier for it to fall out later.

Retention of the milk tooth

If the permanent tooth does not sit on the root of the baby tooth during its growth in the gum, the situation described above occurs and the permanent tooth grows along the baby tooth. The root of the baby tooth is not disturbed and the permanent tooth grows in the wrong position. This causes the so-called retained milk tooth.

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