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Please read his story and see his pictures below
Oliver isn’t even 1 year old yet. He’s having dental problems big time. His momma Carol Breckenridge has always rescued dachshunds, but she just wanted to have one last puppy in her lifetime. Carol started & runs Paws n a Blanket, a 501 (3)c nonprofit (provides blankets to dogs in rescues and shelters).
This is Oliver’s Story:
May 20: Oliver was born February 10th 2020. At 4 months old he had his first wellness check with our regular vet, where he discovered Oliver had a significant overbite. We took several images that were sent to Vets and specialists in pet Dental/Orthodontics, including Board Certified Dentists at ISU and in Kansas City. We all worked together, including the breeder to find the best plan for Oliver. We were offered to return him, but that wasn’t an option for us, so we were given a full refund that went towards his first surgery.
His medical diagnosis was: Mandibular distoclusion - Overbite (class 2 malocclusion): the lower jaw (mandible) is too short. A skeletal deformity where the short jaw can cause the mandibular canine teeth or incisors to traumatize the palate and gum tissue of the maxilla (upper jaw), causing pain and damaging the teeth. When malocclusion is present in young puppies with all primary (baby) teeth, interceptive orthodontics can be performed.
In Oliver’s case, extraction of the bottom baby teeth would allow the maximum amount of growth possible in his bottom jaw. Extraction may not completely correct the problem, but it will alleviate any pain associated with abnormal contact until the permanent (adult) teeth erupt. When the adult teeth begin to come in, further treatment may be needed depending on the type of malocclusion. It was decided that removing Oliver’s baby incisors and canines would be the first course of treatment and would be performed in Kansas City by board certified specialist, Dr. Crowder.
June 18: Oliver, now 5 months old, had his first surgery to remove his bottom baby incisors as well as his canine teeth. His surgery went well and he recovered at home with meds and restrictions as to taking away anything he could chew on.
(Note: Oliver's bottom baby teeth were all coming in on the inside of this upper teeth, so the canines were starting to puncture the roof of his mouth.)
August 20: We waited for him to totally heal and to see if his bottom jaw would grow... it didn't work so now the prognosis from Dr. Crowder on how to proceed and what our options were. We wanted to save his teeth if at all possible as he is still a growing puppy.
"It looks like the permanent mandibular canines are still a little narrow, but they are far enough behind the maxillary canines that we should be able to move the lower ones into a functional and non-painful occlusion with an inclined plane. This is an acrylic appliance that is temporarily bonded to the upper teeth with a groove for the lower canines, so every time Oliver closes his mouth, it slowly (over 4-6 weeks) moves the lower canines into an a traumatic position. The inclined plane would need to be removed about 4-6 weeks after it is placed.” - Dr. Crowder
September 8: Oliver, 7 months old, traveled to Kansas City to have his second surgery. They installed an acrylic retainer to the roof of his mouth that goes around the top teeth to try to move his bottom teeth/canines out so that they will fit around his top teeth. So he will have a reversed scissor bite when the treatment is complete. At about 11 months the position of his teeth will be permanent so it’s extremely important to do any orthodontia work while the teeth can still be moved. He is doing well, he doesn’t care for the mouth wash and cleaning after each meal and not having any chew toys, but the incline plane is doing what it’s supposed to and his teeth are moving.
At the end of October, (no date has been set yet) Oliver will once again travel to Kansas City to have the incline plane/splint removed. In the meantime he has to be seen by our local vet every 10-14 days for images to be taken and sent to Dr. Crowder to determine if the proper movement is being achieved. It is the goal that once it’s removed he will no longer need any treatment.
Carol Breckenridge has battled Covid herself since August 5th! She is still on meds, but happy to report is seeing the last of her complications of the virus nearly gone. She and her husband have 5 dachshunds all rescues but Oliver. Their dachshund Sammy has IVDD (had back surgery in 2019) is struggling with his back legs, they were just recently given a wheelchair to try (donated by Husker's Hope Dachshund Rescue & Carla Chapman). Seija is battling adenocarcinoma of the rectum now, he had surgery 9 months ago, but is now showing signs it has spread to other organs. Sydney a puppy mill survivor, traveled to TX in 2018 for stem cell therapy for IVDD vs. surgery and is now dealing with dementia. Punkin who was dumped at a local convenience store, was a very sick dachshund who spent several days in the hospital in the beginning, but other than a recent bout of pancreatitis, is doing well. And then there is little Oliver.
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