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DEFINITION - Excessive height to lower front premolars.
Causes - May occur when upper front premolar deciduous cap or baby tooth is retained preventing normal growth of permanent premolar. Can occur if a tooth is reduced without corresponding correction to opposing tooth.
RESULTING PROBLEMS - Prevents horse from chewing freely side to side resulting in improper and excessive molar wear. Can cause severe discomfort with bit, can force lower jaw forward over time causing underbite.
SOLUTION - Reduce dominant teeth to allow opposing teeth to recover over time.