Equine Dentistry

We consider that dental care is an essential part of a horses’ preventative health care. We recommend that teeth are checked once a year, unless otherwise discussed with your veterinarian for ongoing issues.

With the addition of Dr Lachie Cameron our clinic has a particular focus and interest in providing the highest quality veterinary dentistry to you and your horse. Both Dr Lachie and Dr Jason have undertaken further training through the Equine Veterinary and Dental Services courses offered in Grafton. Dr Lachie will be attending Level Two for further equine dental training, in order to provide high quality expertise in equine dentistry.

Why is equine dentistry so important? 

Dental disease is one of the most common causes of pain and deterioration of a horse. Routine dentistry can prevent long term suffering, but also increase the longevity of your horse. After all without teeth a horse cannot eat, and often we are called in once a horse has started loosing weight and there is already excessive dental disease. 

Dental disease can cause some of the following:

  • Ulceration of cheek or tongue

  • Pain on eating/loss of appetite

  • Weight Loss

  • Halitosis (bad breath)

  • Sinusitis (infection of the sinuses)

  • Problems with the bit and performance related issues.

What is included in your equine dentistry?

  • Sedation: Each and every horse will be sedated and placed into a portable crush where possible. It is simply not adequate to perform an oral health examination without the use of a safe working environment and the ability to fully examine all aspects of the teeth. Fear not a full health examination is always performed to make sure you horse is safe and fit to sedate.
  • Complete oral health examination: This includes a full assessment of the oral cavity, surrounding associated structures and the use of a dental mirror to fully examine each and every tooth in the mouth.
  • Powerfloat: We use a powerfloat to remove any excess sharp enamel points that may be causing pain to your horse. Included with this will be a bit seat for your performance athlete.
  • Wolf tooth extraction or deciduous teeth removal (cap removal): commonly seen in young horses, retained caps or deciduous teeth, or the presence of wolf teeth can hinder your horses progression (riding or otherwise). It is a good idea to have an oral health examination and powerfloat performed prior to placing a bit in your horses mouth for the first time. To ensure all wolf teeth, and sharp points are removed.

What else is available?

  • Radiography:
    For moderate to severe dental disease radiography provides a full assessment of the bone andsurrounding structures of the teeth. This gives us the ability to diagnose a variety of dental conditions that are not always obvious externally, and helps fully assess possibly disease teeth.
  • Molar tooth extraction: in complicated situations molar tooth extraction is required in order to remove fractured, dead or problematic teeth. Commonly this can be painful and required heavy sedation, intravenous pain relief and some after care.