The cheek teeth are premolars and molars, which are used to swallow and digest mashed food. Most rabbit tooth problems can result from malocclusion, or overgrowth of teeth, and abscesses in the tissues of the teeth and mouth.
Why do rabbits have molars?
Rabbits have easily visible incisors (anterior teeth) and molars behind the mouth that grind and bite. However, unlike rodents, the lagomorphs have two small tubular incisors (peg teeth) behind the large maxillary incisors.
Do rabbits have cheek teeth?
Rabbits do not have canines. Instead, there is a space called a diastema between the incisors and the premolars (Figure 1). Premolars and molars are anatomically identical, making it difficult to distinguish between them. Therefore, premolars and molars are simply called cheek teeth.
Do rabbits have molars?
Rabbits have only 28 teeth. Two main incisors (large front visible), two peg teeth (small small incisors next to the main upper jaw), 22 premolars and molars (back – top on both sides) 6 and 5 at the bottom.
Why do rabbits have peg teeth?
Rabbits have 6 incisors, or anterior teeth, and 4 at the top. There are two at the bottom. A second set of molar incisors, called peg teeth, is hidden just behind the set and can be easily seen in the mouth. These teeth are Mainly used to grab and cut food.