Equine Veterinary Dental Services, P.C.
Serving the Equine Community Since 1999
External Physical Exams | Oral Exams | Skull Examinations | Sedation | Restorations | Dental Charting/Equilibration | Intra Oral Photography | Digital Radiographs | Oral Extractions | Periodontal Treatment | Dispensable Medication
Understanding why your horse drops feed, tosses its head
or is losing weight are all important questions...
...an oral exam may help you answer them.
Routine dental care can help improve riding performance and feed digestibility. Early diagnosis of dental disease can also prevent premature tooth loss and increase longevity.
Barn calls can be scheduled Monday through Friday. Call fees are based on distance. This fee may be split between clients sharing the same appointment times and location.
Dental exam: Horses have 36-44 teeth, 12 incisors, 24-8 premolars and molars and males have 4 canines. A dental exam should be initially conducted at birth to determine any malocclusion and then your horse should receive ongoing exams at 6 month intervals going forward.
More about E.V.D.S. Examinations
The Head: An external facial exam is conducted to evaluate symmetry, pain and any deformities. Odors, nasal discharges and swelling can indicate a pathological process that needs to be addressed and corrected.
Sedation: Horses are sedated for a number of reasons; first and foremost being their safety. Horses may clench their teeth on the speculum plates, which can cause discomfort to the cheek muscles. Sedation also slows the tongue’s movement so that visualization of all teeth and soft tissues can be evaluated.
Oral Exam: Incisors are examined for even occlusal wear, tartar and molar engagement. The cheek teeth are examined for fractures, decay and wear. Any ulcerations, lacerations or inflamed gums are detected.
Dental Equilibration: Dental equilibration is the balancing of the mouth in addition to floating of the enamel points on the upper and lower arcade. It is accomplished with hand and power floats. The incisors are also reduced and realigned if necessary.
Digital Radiographs: Used to ascertain whether or not there are any diseased teeth or bony abnormalities below the gum line.
Intra Oral Photography: So the client can see what the Vet sees inside of the horse’s mouth.
Restorations: Resin composites are used to repair infundibular (dental) decay.
Periodontal Treatment: Includes prophy powder flushing of the pocket and doxirobe gel infusion.