Equine Dentistry

Equine Dentistry

We are able to offer a full equine dental service. Regular dental examinations are vital in horses and ponies to maintain health and performance. Severe dental problems can exist for some time before any signs are shown, therefore regular check ups can help prevent serious dental problems in the future.

We recommend a complete oral examination every 6 to 12 months depending on your horses requirements. Some common problems encountered during routine dental checks can include:

  • Sharp enamel points- the most commonly identified dental abnormality causing problems with bit acceptance, turning and eating.
  • Hooks – large overgrowths can develop within your horses mouth, if left untreated it can affect the way your horse eats and moves its jaw.
  • Diastema – diastema are gaps between the teeth and have been shown to be very painful, identification and treatment early in the disease can prevent tooth loss.
  • Dental caries (tooth decay!)

For more information on the above conditions please see the information sheets.

Dentistry can be carried out at your premises using the latest manual and mechanical dental equipment. A full dental report is provided with each consultation. We are also able to remove wolf teeth and perform dental radiographs if required.

Remember to take advantage of our Yard Visit Scheme or Zone Visits to help you save costs for your routine dental work.

Sedation is often required for routine dentistry in some horses, and in many cases sedation allows a much more thorough examination of the horses mouth. Many problems are missed when dentistry is performed without sedation and in cases where your horse is showing signs of dental disease we may recommend sedation to avoid missing any minor problems. For more information on sedation for dental procedures see the information pages.

Please note, we are happy to sedate your horse for your own equine dental technician (EDT), however, we can only sedate for equine dentists that are registered with the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT), these dentists have undergone significant training in the area of equine dentistry and passed a very tough series of examinations. In order to maintain the highest standards of care for our clients we believe you should only allow qualified dentists or vets to take care of your horses teeth.

For a full list of registered EDTs in our area please see the BAEDT website: www.baedt.com