Ask Seth: Broken Rabbit Teeth

My daughter's rabbit has broken off one of its teeth. What should I do?



It looks like my daughter's rabbit, has broken off one of his incisors and there is no tooth there. Do I have to take him to the vet to get the root extracted?

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Rabbit teeth are continual growth teeth. They are worn down as they eat, therefore there is no root that needs extraction. Although this doesn’t happen too often, the incisors can snap off. It looks like the tooth has been pulled off, but usually it breaks at the gum line. The tooth will completely grow back within a week or two. Be sure to look at the teeth every 3 days until it grows back to make sure that the other teeth are not affected by this injury. The top teeth wear the bottom teeth down and visa versa; therefore, the bottom tooth may grow too long. If you feel that the tooth needs to be trimmed or the animal has a decreased appetite, contact your local veterinarian.



Seth Mayersohn, CVT


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