"As an Equine Dentist I am often called to horses which are experiencing dental problems"
MOST DENTAL PROBLEMS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH REGULAR DENTAL TREATMENT as dental conditions usually develop over time
If left untreated, small problems become large. Regular treatment will stop problems from compounding, and will help your horse continue to maintain a healthy mouth
Injury to the head and jaw can cause damage to dental structures as should be examined immediately
Spear-like grass seeds in hay and pasture commonly cause much pain to horses. They can become lodged under the tongue, in the gums and soft tissue causing ulceration, infection and even gastric reflux. As an Equine dentist I remove the grass seeds from the oral cavity, clean the area and discuss healing and a removal of these seeds from the diet.
Foreign bodies such as wood + wire can become lodged in the oral cavity and must be removed immediately by a dentist often in conjunction with a vet
EXTENDED MOLAR FRACTURED MOLAR DECAYED MOLAR
SEVERE PARROT MOUTH INJURY TO INCISORS RETAINED DECIDUOUS INCISOR
Working in collaboration with Vet Jude Mulholland of FarrierVet. BELLA is a 2 year old thoroughbred RSPCA rescue horse with a severe parrot mouth.
As the roots of the molars extend significantly below gum level, Xrays can be a useful in complex cases.
I work in conjunction with vets across the district in treating special cases. These cases are often referred to me by vets. Treatment may be in the paddock or at the Vet clinic and will usually require sedation or in rare cases GA.
PREVENTION THROUGH PROPER DENTAL CARE WILL HELP YOUR HORSE MAINTAIN A HEALTHY MOUTH AS IT AGES!
Older horses that have not had regular dental treatment may require molar extractions, or can have uneven molar levels, resulting in an impeded ability to grind dry grass or hay.
I work with horse owners in developing a feeding plan for their older horse in order to help them maintain their condition.
With some extensive dental treatment and feed advice 27 year old "Charison" is still being ridden and takes part in the annual Barmah muster.
As an Equine Dentist I commonly see issues of overcrowding in small horses This overcrowding causes displacement of molars and consequentially retention of feed in the mouth. It can also cause teeth to erupt in the wrong place
PROPER DENTAL TREATMENT IS CRITICAL IN SMALL HORSES!
Selective breeding for smallness in ponies and miniatures causes congenital problems with the teeth of these equines. This is due to the increasingly restricted space available to accomodate a full set of teeth, the same in number as a larger horse.
Overcrowding can cause lack of proper wear due to a restricted ability to grind. Razor sharp edges develop, causing cheek lacerations and long term feed retention in the cheeks.