Frequency of supernumerary teeth in a dolichocephalic canine breed, the Greyhound

Robert S. Dole From the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO 80523.

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Thomas L. Spurgeon From the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO 80523.

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SUMMARY

Objective

To determine the frequency of supernumerary teeth in Greyhounds.

Animals

55 Greyhounds obtained anonymously from a variety of breeders.

Procedure

Greyhounds were examined for the presence of supernumerary teeth.

Results

Supernumerary teeth were present in 20 of 55 (36.4%) Greyhounds surveyed.

Conclusions

Location of supernumerary teeth, usually first premolars, is not random, but favors occurrence in the upper arcade. Occurrence of supernumerary teeth did not favor the left or right side.

Clinical Relevance

Because an increasing number of veterinary anatomy textbooks use Greyhounds as typical examples, it is important to note the high frequency of supernumerary teeth. (Am J Vet Res 1998;59:16–17)

SUMMARY

Objective

To determine the frequency of supernumerary teeth in Greyhounds.

Animals

55 Greyhounds obtained anonymously from a variety of breeders.

Procedure

Greyhounds were examined for the presence of supernumerary teeth.

Results

Supernumerary teeth were present in 20 of 55 (36.4%) Greyhounds surveyed.

Conclusions

Location of supernumerary teeth, usually first premolars, is not random, but favors occurrence in the upper arcade. Occurrence of supernumerary teeth did not favor the left or right side.

Clinical Relevance

Because an increasing number of veterinary anatomy textbooks use Greyhounds as typical examples, it is important to note the high frequency of supernumerary teeth. (Am J Vet Res 1998;59:16–17)

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