Good dental care should be primarily about preventative care, as with human dentistry. Problems should be identified at routine dental appointments ideally well in advance of development of symptoms.
Unfortunately, many developing dental problems, even some quite severe ones appear to be symptomless as the horse ‘copes’ by adjusting eating patterns and disguising any discomfort. Each dental visit is your horse’s one opportunity for 6 – 12 months to have the mouth and teeth examined really thoroughly for such developing problems – so you need to make sure it is done properly.
Our approach to equine dentistry includes:
- Thorough oral and dental examination – a clinical assessment of the teeth and soft tissues,
- Controlled and careful reduction of sharp points and balancing the dental arcades (rasping, floating, equilibrating etc),
- Further investigation of any identified abnormalities e.g. cavities, abnormal spaces between teeth,
- Treatment of gross abnormalities causing clinical signs of disease e.g. cavity restoration.
Every horse should receive a 6 – 12 monthly maintenance appointment to examine the teeth, oral cavity and associated structures and have any treatment required. This is your horse’s one opportunity in that time period to have any problems identified and recorded. Many minor problems can be corrected immediately, otherwise we can advise on and perform more advanced treatment to prevent development of the problem to a more serious level.
For these reasons, all horses examined by our Equine Dental Veterinaries will have a little sedation. This allows;
- Thorough clinical oral dental examination
- Complete maintenance treatment (rasping, or ‘odontoplasty’) to correct developing problems and remove sharp points and overgrowths
- Increased safety for horse and owner
- A little sedation provides a safe, controlled, modern and thorough dental consultation.
Dental corrections are performed with modern motorized/manual lightweight instruments, with your horse’s head resting on padded stand, with direct visual monitoring of procedures. We regularly perform routine maintenance dental treatments for individual horses, ponies and donkeys, riding schools, competitions yards and racing stables.
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