Dentistry

Dentistry1Equine Dentistry is a very important part of every horse’s routine health maintenance program. The picture to the left shows the left lower incisor that is in the process of being pushed up by the permanent incisor. Problems can be detected early with regular dental exams.

Proper dental care allows a horse to process its feed and hay in an efficient way, and has been shown to play an important role in a horse’s ability to perform well. It is also beneficial in improving the lives and longevity of our geriatric patients. We are committed to providing you and your horses with the very best dental care available.

Dentistry2Annual or even biannual examinations of your horse’s teeth allow us to identify and address problem areas before they cause health issues or impair performance. Horses’ teeth are continually erupting throughout their lives, so the horse’s mouth is always changing. Small imbalances can lead to more significant malocclusions if they are not addressed in a timely fashion.

Dentistry3We use a variety of hand instruments and/or power instruments to maintain dental health and to address problems such as hooks, enamel points, wave mouth, step mouth, excessive tartar buildup, periodontal disease and wolf tooth extraction. The Powerfloat is a very thorough and quick way to do routine floats and to address malocclusions. For the safety of the horse and the operator, all horses undergoing a Powerfloat must be sedated. Some abnormalities, if severe enough may need to be addressed over several sessions that are 4-6 months apart due to concerns of damage from over heating or exposing the sensitive pulp of the tooth.