SERVICES

SERVICES

  • Free advice by telephone for any queries
  • Routine float
  • Performance float
  • Oral extractions of molars, canines, incisors, wolf teeth and caps
  • Power work – alignment of molar and incisor malocclusions
  • Pre-purchase dental checks – a full evaluation to avoid dental problems and expense after purchase ie. checking teeth for fractures, cavities, diastema etc.
  • Periodontal disease – cleaning and diastema widening
  • Orthodontic therapy – correction of the parrot mouth in foals

THE EXAMINATION

Most procedures are performed under Veterinary supervision. To be able to work with precision and accuracy and for the comfort and safety of the horse, a standing sedation is administered.  Nerve blocks are administered for extractions.

An oral examination can assess the occlusion (surface to surface contact between opposing teeth), of both incisors and molars.

Molar arcades are important to check and make sure there is no resistance or interference of long, ramped, hooked or ridged teeth, which would greatly affect the horses chewing cycles and overall performance. Not to mention the effect on the TMJ joint.

Our aim is to keep your horses comfortable and improve their quality of life

Steve Clark

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Age 0 – 18

  • Foals should be checked soon after birth and at weaning for congenital defects in head symmetry or mastication. Then every six months thereafter to check for sharp points, abnormal wear and improper number of teeth.
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Age 2+

  • 2 year olds need checking every 6 months to remove and check for caps which can cause great pain when chewing and can cause future problems if not removed at the right time, or if the cap is retained. Wolf teeth may be present and need extracting. There may also be sharp points that will need rasping which will make the horse more comfortable, especially if you are starting with bits and riding.
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Breakdown of oral examination

  • Abnormal eruption patterns / malocclusions, wear pattern, sharp points, loose teeth, cracked teeth, pockets, infections, retained caps and wolf teeth. Soft tissue examined for scars, wounds, ulcers, cuts, also on the tongue
  • .Finally, TMJ for soreness. Check lateral movement for grinding food efficiancy.
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