Routine Examination and Treatment- what is involved?

   
  1. Discussion with the Horse Owner regarding the patient's previous history, any feeding or riding concerns
  2. A detailed examination of the teeth and the entire oral cavity  
  3. Routine Treatment is by methodical hand filing using Tungsten file blades. Any retained feed and scaling will be removed manually.
  4. Rinsing of the oral cavity with dilute hibitane solution
  5. Owners are informed regarding:
  • Examination findings
  • Treatment options
  • Cost
  • Aftercare and follow up treatment
  • Recommended revisit schedule

POWER TOOLS

In the interests of safe treatment for horses I do not advocate the use of non continuously water cooled power equipment or grinding tools. Power tool treatment risks:

  • Overheating of the pulp cavity, with potential damage done being not immediately apparent
  • Excessive removal of tooth material leading to an inability to grind feed adequetely
  • Routine sedation with associated risks and cost

For a full statement on the risks please see NEDP link (formerly AEDP)Statement+on+the+Use+of+Power+Tools+AEDPA+2007[1].pdf

HORSE HANDLING, RESTRAINTS AND SEDATION

 

Horse handling during dental examination and treatment is of a calm respectful nature at all times. Harsh methods will never be employed, nor will they be tolerated.

I prefer to treat horses in a safe open environment without constraints such as a crush. Horses are often more relaxed if able to move about to some degree.  

Routine treatment, minor extractions and corrective procedures are performed without sedation in most cases. Horses are treated under vet administered sedation for major procedures or if horse tolerance issues prevent proper treatment. The administration of sedation by an Equine Dentist (who is not a vet) is against the law and will not be supported in any case.

HYGEINE AND SAFE PRACTICES

 

An extensive range of surgical grade stainless steel instruments are used.  All instruments are soaked in Hibitane disinfectant between patients. A dilute hibitane mouthwash is used to rinse the mouth following treatment. In the case of biosecurity threats extensive hygeine practices are employed. I intend to follow strict NEDP Code of Practice guidelines regarding safe and hygenic treatment methods.

I AIM TO TREAT HORSES EFFECTIVELY WHILST NOT ENDANGERING THE SAFETY OF HORSES, HUMANS OR PROPERTY

Equine Dental Treatment Records and Ongoing care

  • Horse owners will be provided with a EQUINE DENTAL TREATMENT RECORD and folder
  • EQUINE DENTAL TREATMENT RECORDS will be kept on file and referred to upon future treatment in order to monitor  dental change over time
  • DENTAL EXAMINATIONS will include advice on feed, nutrition, bitting as required
  • Horse owners will be kept informed at all times regarding examination findings and treatment options
  • APPOINTMENT REMINDER NOTICES will be sent to horse owners / OR A REMINDER PHONE CALL
  • Ongoing care and management plans for special cases will be provided. Communication with horse owners regarding progress will be encouraged.