We recommend that your horse has a dental examination every 6-12 months depending on the age of the horse, their history and whether there are symptoms of oral discomfort. This can be done on your yard or at our equine clinic.
What happens in a routine dental examination?
Most horses will require reduction of sharp enamel points and possibly some overgrowth reductions. This can be performed on the yard or at the clinic, with or without sedation depending on the patient (safety for horse and people) and amount of work that is required.
During the examination, we look for…..
- Sharp enamel points and cheek/tongue ulceration
- Overgrowths of single teeth
- Abnormal conformation e.g. wave mouth and displaced teeth (out of line or rotated teeth)
- Caries (decay)
- Dentinal defects (suggesting potential pulp disease)
- Periodontal disease (gum disease usually associated with abnormal gaps called diastemata)
- Oral tumours (less common)
Wolf tooth extraction
We also offer wolf tooth extraction as routine, either on your yard or at our clinic. Horses must by law be sedated for this procedure.