Equine Dentistry

Quality, convenient, professional equine dentistry services by Don Lee DVM delivered to your barn OR check out our schedule and meet as at an event to schedule an appointment.

ROUTINE FLOATING

We offer routine floating as well as advanced equine dental care. Missing teeth (step mouth) - watch for remaining fragments if fractured, hay packing in socket, or extra growth of the opposing tooth. Wave mouth - condition in which, front to back, the upper teeth become shallow halfway back, and the bottom teeth rise up to meet them. Loose teeth - teeth that are just hanging on, but only enough to be a nuisance.

CUPPED TEETH

Shallow, or cupped teeth can make proper mastication (chewing) difficult.

POINTS

Removal of points, removing hooks, ramps and rims which are some of the abnormalities of molars that are often left poorly addressed in a routine float. Reducing waves, overgrown molars (high molars or steps), re-establishing molar table angles, creating uniform bit seats, incisor maintenance, conservatively reducing canines, and removing wolf teeth and deciduous teeth (caps).

 

HOOKS

An overgrowth of tooth that is taller and pointed. After point formation, hooks are probably the most common abnormality. They usually are sharp, fanglike projections on the upper first cheek teeth and the lower last cheek teeth.

 

RAMPS

Excessive height to a horses lower premolars indicates that the horse has a condition known as ramps.

WAVES
 

OVERGROWN MOLARS
 

BIT SEATS
 

INCISOR MAINTENANCE

 

WOLF TEETH

Small permanent teeth that usually apear within two years of the horse's life. The crown is the part of the tooth visible above the gum. and normally averages about 1/2 the size of a peanut. If it exists, the wolf tooth/teetch are just in front of the first upper cheek teeth and has the high probability of causing potential bitting problems. These are usually removed quite easily.

 

DECIDUOS TEETH

Deciduous teeth are baby teeth that erupt from birth through 4.5 years old. Deciduos teeth exist for the incisors and first three upper and lower cheek teeth (pre-molars). They are often referred to as “caps” and like a loosening baby tooth in humans can be quite uncomfortable for several weeks prior to their natural falling out. We check for loosening caps during the dental exam and remove them.

These is just a brief summary of equine dentistry facts. We are happy to discuss any concerns you may have as well as discuss the difference between a routine flot and complete equine dental care.