Equine Dentistry is a very important part of every horse’s routine health maintenance program. 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.
Annual 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. We 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.
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.