The equine tooth differs from the human tooth in that it continues to erupt throughout the life of the horse. As the teeth are in wear, the chewing surface can become misaligned and sharp points can form causing uncomfortable ulcers and other issues in the mouth.
Routine dental examinations are needed to locate and correct problems before they start. Dental examinations should be performed starting at 6 months of age, and repeated 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 include abnormal chewing, dropping feed, head shaking, weight loss, 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 dental equipment consists of motorized dental equipment, oral speculum, head rest, and hand floats. This allows us good visualization and access to the oral cavity to perform examinations, floats, and tooth extractions. For the comfort and safety of our patients, all dental services are performed under sedation.