The equine tooth continues to erupt throughout the life of the horse. As the teeth wear, the chewing surface can become misaligned and sharp points can form causing sores. Routine dental examinations are needed to locate and correct problems before they start.
Dental examinations should start at 6 months of age, every 6 months for growing horses, yearly for the mature horse, and every 6 months for the geriatric horse.
Signs that your horse may have a dental problem are abnormal chewing, weight loss, head shaking, and resisting the bit. We perform both maintenance and corrective dentistry. If dental problems are severe, your horse may require more frequent corrective floating.
Our dentistry equipment consists of motorized dental equipment, hand floats, oral speculum, and a head stand to allow good visualization of the oral cavity. Our dental services include dental examination, floating, and tooth extraction. Because of the sensitive nature of the mouth, all dental services are performed under sedation.
Visit our Client Education page for more information about Equine Dentistry.