Equine dentistry

Regular dental checkups are essential to the general health of your horse. The health and condition of your horse starts with good nutrition.

Good nutrition requires healthy teeth that do their job well for your horse allowing effective chewing, digestion and nutrient absorption. This then creates a healthy, happy and willing companion.

 

Are bad teeth causing your horse pain?

Horses have evolved as prey animals and as such are able to hide pain-indicating behaviour. This natural response was useful to minimize the chances of being picked upon by a hungry predator however, it makes it difficult for you and me to identify when your horse is in pain. A complete and thorough dental exam is the only way to make sure your horse is not suffering from dental disease. Read more

Equine teeth grow continually and only slow down late in life. By the age of nine months, most deciduous teeth (milk teeth) will be in wear. By five years, all permanent teeth should be present.

Some common problems that can occur and often go untreated are:

  • Sharp enamel points that can lacerate the cheek and tongue leading to painful ulcers
  • Erupted or retained wolf teeth
  • Retained deciduous teeth that can interfere with permanent teeth emergence
  • Inflamed and painful gums (periodontal disease)
  • Dental impactions, hooks, ramps and wave mouth
 

What happens when the vet visits?

During the initial visit our experienced vet will:

  • Carry out a full exam, identify and treat most dental conditions including the extraction of loose and/or damaged teeth
  • Supply a report for each horse treated
  • Administer a tetanus vaccination if necessary
  • Collect blood for selenium testing and offer help on any equine issue you may need help with

All our dental procedures are carried out under sedation. Sedation allows for:

  • A calm, stress-free, and efficient procedure
  • Minimising of pain. Local anaesthetic is also used if any teeth need to be extracted
  • High quality of diagnosis, followed by correct treatment
  • The owner to observe the procedure being carried out
  • Increased safety for operators and the horse
 

Does sedation increase the cost of a dental?

No! In fact, sedation allows for a quicker procedure as much less time is spent controlling the horse.

It is important to remember that procedures such as wolf teeth and/or molar and incisor extractions are painful to the horse and must be carried under sedation and local analgesia.

We have the expertise to address many of the dental problems your horse may have.  Our specially-trained vets have done the training and have the ability to carry out excellent dental procedures. Please contact us to organise a dental check-up for your horse.

 

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