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Variability in the eruption of the permanent incisor teeth in sheep
  1. G. Cocquyt, DVM1,
  2. B. Driessen, DVM2 and
  3. P. Simoens, DVM, PhD1
  1. 1Department of Morphology, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, B-9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
  2. 2Zootechnical Centre, KU Leuven R&D, Bijzondere weg 12, B-3360 Lovenjoel, Belgium


The incisor teeth of 176 sheep of six breeds were inspected every two to three months for a year to record the shedding of the deciduous teeth and the eruption of the permanent teeth. In all the breeds the permanent central incisors erupted at between 12 and 18 months of age. In 96 per cent of the sheep the permanent middle incisors erupted at between 18 and 26 months; and in 92 per cent the permanent lateral incisors erupted at between 24 and 36 months of age. The permanent corner teeth erupted at between 32 and 44 months in 96 per cent of the sheep. The gingival redness and swelling accompanying the eruption of a permanent tooth disappeared within two months. In 14 cases two pairs of incisors erupted during the year, in 18 cases the incisors erupted asymmetrically, and in 22 cases no incisors erupted. Rotation of one incisor was observed in five sheep and was combined with dental deviation in one.

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