Equine Dentistry

Dentistry is a rapidly growing area of veterinary science. We have seen a greater awareness over the last 25 years of its importance to the overall health of the animals we treat.

Our equine veterinarians are specifically trained in equine dentistry by Equine Veterinary Dental Services (EVDS), NSW and enjoy the satisfaction of routine dental care in maintaing and improving the health and performance of your horse!

The practice has crushes with dental bars at both Dubbo and Narromine as well as yards and stable facilities for your horses. For our dentals we use a PowerFloat. The PowerFloat operates with a circular diamond impregnated disc that is atraumatic to the soft tissue surrounding the teeth.

We perform oral extractions and can cap exposed pulps on damaged teeth. Digital x-ray allows fast, accurate x-rays to be taken of teeth to assist in the diagnosis of complex dental problems.

 

                                                                                        Did You Know?

  • From 1-4 years of age your horse will get 36 to 40 new teeth. This is a time when lots of problems can occur.
  • Teeth erupt (grow) throughout your horses life at the rate of 2 to 4mm per year.
  • A horses tooth starts very long (including roots) - up to 10cm and at old age they can be only 3 to 4 cm long
  • Horses teeth wear down continuously during their life
  • Sharp points on teeth cause mouth pain and ulcers

 

How Do Dentals Help Your Horse

Less Spilling of Feed

Horses with bad teeth will spill feed which is wasteful. They then may eat the spilled feed off the ground which can lead to colic from sand ingestion.

Keep Gums Healthy

Most bacteria live on the gums rather than on the teeth. If a horse has bad breath, food can get impacted inbetween teeth. The food then rots, leading to gum disease, which will cause pain and can make your horse sick. There is a strong correlation between good teeth and longevity in horses.

Easier to break in

Horses will have sharp enamel points even before they go to breaking and pre training. These cause pain and will make it harder to mouth and steer them. Many 'rouges' or bad horses are merely responding to extreme pain from ulcers and cuts in their mouths during breaking in.

Better performance

Horses with sharp points will develop cheek and mouth ulcers which cause pain. This may cause them to become intractable with signs such as head tossing, lugging on reigns, reluctance to come on the bit and general crankiness.

 

When Should You Get Your Horse's Teeth Floated

Before Breaking In- Do teeth before breaking in, this is where wolf teeth can be removed and sharp points are floated.

From 2-7 years- It is important to file teeth at least every year and sometimes more. At these dentals caps are removed and any problems with erupting teeth are managed as well as floating sharp teeth.

From 7-15 years- If your horse is in competition or being ridden, teeth must be floated every 12 months to remove sharp points that will cause pain and affect performance. If your horse is not competing you may be able to extend the time between dentals if there are no structural problems.

From 15 years to old age- This is the stage in your horses life when it becomes important to do dentals more frequently. It is recommended every year for ALL horses as this is when they start to get food impactions, gum disease and lose teeth. They also develop sharp points on all 4 edges of the tooth not just on the outside or inside.