Performance Dentistry

Dental Equilibration (rasping teeth) aims to provide correct jaw movement and comfort in the mouth using electric equipment which is very gentle and quiet and manual rasps. It will minimise irritation and discomfort in the mouth, and through improved communication will allow the horse to perform to a higher standard and get the best nutrition from their feed.

Your horses head will be examined for discharges, swellings and any muscular abnormalities. The TMJ (the main hinge of the jaw) and Poll palpated and incisors examined for abnormalities and misalignments. The inside of the mouth will then be examined using a full mouth speculum (gag), bright headlight and dental mirror. A dental chart will be provided with any abnormalities recorded.

Routine dental examination and treatment can be performed without sedation and is recommended every 6-12 months. This includes Basic balancing of mouth, Reduction of sharp points, dental overgrowths and basic incisor alignment.

A full mouth balance also including accurate incisor alignment under veterinary sedation is recommended every 1-2 years from the age of 6 (depending on the horse). This improves molar contact and grinding efficiency, which is lost due to lack of incisor wear compared to wild horses. The molar teeth and incisor angles are also balanced to allow improved lateral movement and chewing. Incisor slants and curves can also be corrected to reduce TMJ pressure.

If your horse has moderate to severe TMJ sensitivity due to incisor misalignment a full mouth balance will be strongly recommended.

Other services include removal of retained deciduous teeth and wolf teeth along with removing debris trapped inbetween teeth. Canine teeth will also be reduced if pinching the tongue and have any tartar removed.