Routine dentistry is of paramount importance to maintain the health of your horse’s mouth.
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.
Modern dentistry is composed of:
- 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. extraction of diseased teeth,
- Treatment of symptomless but developing disease to prevent progression e.g. cavity restoration.
Every horse should receive an annual or preferably bi-annual check-up to examine the teeth, oral cavity and associated structures, and have any treatment required.
For these reasons, all horses examined by us will have a little sedation. This allows:
- Thorough clinical oral and dental examination,
- Complete maintenance treatment (rasping, or odonto-plasty) to correct developing problems,
- Increased safety for horse and owner,
- A little sedation provides a safe, controlled, modern and thorough dental consultation.
Dental corrections are performed with modern motorised lightweight instruments, with your horse’s head resting on a padded stand, with direct visual monitoring of procedures.
Please contact Chris if you have any questions or queries about our approach to modern maintenance dental care, or for more information, see our info pages.
Fixed price routine dentistry is available for groups of 5 or more horses on 1 yard. Price £69.00 per horse to include visit, a little sedation, examination, chart and routine rasping (and VAT).
To help you book a group visit, please download a booking form here.