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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Provided that she eats properly and wears her teeth, the angle will restore itself as the teeth grow back. So, this isn't a permanent issue and future dental treatments would only be necessary if she doesn't wear her teeth properly. That said, if she isn't eating well, then you will need to tread with care. Ideally, we'd want to be hand feeding or syringe feeding (ie using Oxbow or Supreme foods) to keep her eating and would also want her on some pain relief. As well, if she continues to have discomfort, then we may need an xray to make sure it isn't the tooth roots causing her pain.
Sometimes we do see the roots over grow under the jawline. When this happens, they can damage tissues within the face but also cause tooth root abscesses. So, hopefully not an issue here but something to keep in mind as we feed her and get her teeth back into normal wear with one another.
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I have and they do tend to grow back fine. Its only if they were in such a manner that the teeth don't meet properly to wear when they eat. But that is rare and usually an issue if a tooth is fractured not trimmed. And I am glad she is on Metacam for ulcer related discomfort and if the teeth have been taking back quite short, they can be a bit awkward with eating as well as with sores. So, as the ulcer heals and the teeth grow out a bit she should improve with her eating.
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It is not abnormal to see in guinea pigs that have had dental work done. Often it takes a few days for them to adjust to the way the teeth now feel, but it is usually temporary.
They do tend to wear them back into line, so if the angle is the only issue she has with her teeth then we'd expect this to settle with time and not cause long term bother. Of course, if she has a malocclusion naturally (where the teeth aren't aligned properly to wear each other), then future dentistry with that would be a concern.
If the did overgrow, there is a risk of that being a future issue needing regular dentistry. Otherwise, you are right to have a check with the vet in a few weeks to make sure all is coming along as it should. That said, if she is grinding her teeth a lot, this could be a sign of oral discomfort despite pain relief. So, if it is just a bit, you can monitor her. But if she is doing this often and its not settling as she adjusted to their dental work, then we may need an xray to make sure there are no tooth root problems that haven't been diagnosed.
Any fibrous foods will help with that. Otherwise, it depends on what they find. If it is a tooth root abscess is present, antibiotics are usually indicated. But if there is an overgrowing root, it can mean surgery to remove it for them.
It will depend on the infection type to whether the antibiotics would work for it as well. We'd hope it would but cannot assume. So we'd need to monitor that. Otherwise it just sound like she is getting grass caught as she chews it and is this removing it. We'd hope this will be less of an issue as she adjusts to the changes post treatment.
As I noted before grinding can be a pain sign. So if she does it without food, then I'd be concerned that then pain relief may not be enough to that there is more going as as we discusses. So if she is doing this often, we'd want her reassessed by her second vet.
If they are chasing her, then she needs to be separated from them. This could be bullying since she is not feeling herself, but can also be due to her smelling unfamiliar (smelling of the vets, medications, etc).
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I am glad she isn't biting her, but she needs to be isolated and protected from bullying when she is trying to eat. And yes, they will be well aware that she isn't completely well.
That is a very good signs and we'd want to keep up on the good work and give her time to wear them down further.
Age doesn't matter, if they sense one isn't well then bullying can occur regardless.
I see guinea pigs everyday along with other companion species in my practice. So, I do have quite a bit of experience with this species. Usually it does take a few days for them to adjust to their teeth post-filing/dental. But if you are worried and she isn't showing positive progress then so have the vet recheck her at this point since we need to make sure we are on the right track and getting this all settled for her.