TEL: 01463 731107
We provide a comprehensive dental service, ranging from routine rasping with power or manual tools, wolf tooth and cheek tooth extractions, xrays, and treatment of diastema and periodontal disease . Most routine dental work can be carried out at your own premises, however, for more advanced procedures your horse may need to come to the equine clinic.
Signs of dental problems:
Signs of dental problems are varied and include: Poor performance, resistance to contact or head shaking, difficulty in chewing and dropping of food (quidding), weight loss, nasal discharge, lymph node enlargement and foul-smelling breath.
Severe dental disease can exist for a long period of time with no outward clinical signs, so regular examination of your horse's mouth every 6-12 months allows early diagnosis and treatment of dental abnormalities before they develop into more serious problems.
Common problems identified include:
Sharp enamel points These usually develop on the outside of the upper cheek teeth and in the inside of the lower cheek teeth. They occur in almost every horse fed on a modern diet and can cause sores on the cheeks and tongue.
Hooks The upper front cheek teeth can lie in front of the opposing lower cheek teeth resulting in overgrowths that point downwards. The lower back cheek teeth can lie behind the opposing upper teeth, resulting in overgrowths that point upwards at the back of the mouth.
Diastema this is the name given to gaps between the teeth, which can result in very painful disease of the gums and ultimately tooth root abscess and tooth loss.
Caries is dental decay that can lead to tooth root abscess and fracture of the tooth.