Equine dentistry is now a regular everyday occurrence in equine veterinary practice. Thankfully there have been many significant advances in the routine veterinary treatment of the horse’s dentition. Roger has attended many dentistry courses, most recently the Advanced Equine Dentistry Course held at the University of Bristol.
Partly due to how we feed our horses and sometimes due to inherited characteristics, most horses benefit from annual oral examination. Subsequent treatment often involves ‘rasping’ or ‘floating’ or even drilling of the teeth to ensure the correct mastication of food, without causing ulceration of the gums (gingiva).
Gingival problems generally cause the horse significant discomfort (more painful than molar issues), but recent advances in the treatment involving eg dental fillers, can often result in a favourable outcome. Although we used to believe horse’s enamel was strong enough for them to avoid the occurrence of dental caries we now know this is not the case.
Equine veterinary dental specialist Dr Chris Pearce now routinely attends Milton Equine Veterinary Clinic to treat these complicated cases, preventing tooth loss by drilling out diseased cavities and filling the molars to reduce the risk of tooth fracture and loss.