We can deal with the full range of dental conditions at the clinic. We have the equipment and the expertise to give your horse the best treatment for its dental condition, whether its a wolf tooth or a tooth extraction; a routine annual floating (rasping) or a significant dental re-alignment through to a complicated sinus infection.
Most horses just require the sharp enamel points rasping on the outside edge of the upper cheek teeth and inside edge of the lower cheek teeth. The vast majority of horses tolerate the procedure without the need to sedate, but if it proves necessary for the welfare of your horse, we are able administer intravenous tranquilizers.
When the horse’s mouth or teeth are abnormal, then more extensive work may be required. If the problems are only minor, then they may be resolved with hand floating. However, more significant abnormalities require additional equipment to correct the abnormality. We use two types of electric grinding machine in the clinic, a Powerfloat and a Dremel. The use of electric grinding equipment in the horse’s mouth should only be done with the horse sedated and restrained.
When individual teeth become severely damaged or diseased they may require removal. This may be possible using standing sedation and oral extraction. However, often when upper cheek teeth require removal, they have such weakened clinical crowns ( the bit of the tooth visible in the mouth ) that they cannot stand the process of oral removal. Additionally, since the roots of these teeth are located in the sinuses, there is often a secondary sinusitis. Surgery is required for the sinus infection so the tooth is often extracted under anaesthesia at the same time.
We see a great deal more dental disease in the horse, these days. This may be the result, in part, of the modern diets that horses are fed and people are far more ‘dentistry aware’ - therefore, finding disease that may not have been noticed before.
Our techniques for treating the problems in the horse’s mouth are improving all the time, however, prevention is always better (and cheaper) than cure. Regular inspection and floating can help prevent much more serious disease in the future. Annual teeth floating is the ideal way to achieve this. Only horses with severe problems and some youngsters require attention more frequently.