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We provide a modern approach to all aspects of equine dentistry. Routine dental care combined with advanced dental techniques enable us to help you maintain your horse’s oral health to the highest standard.

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ORAL HEALTH

Routine oral health checks can be performed at your yard or at either of our clinics. We aim to provide a thorough oral and dental examination, reduction of sharp enamel points with balancing of arcades where necessary and the identification of any abnormalities.

This will allow us to advise on suitable treatment for issues causing clinical disease or instigate measures to help prevent symptoms developing.

All vets at our clinic are experienced and equipped with rasps and modern, lightweight, motorised instruments.

Some sedation is often recommended to help ensure the safety of both you and your horse. Sedation also allows for a more thorough examination thus reducing the likelihood of abnormalities going undetected. Advanced treatments can be provided by our resident vet Mike Sheldon, or by visiting recognised equine dental specialists.

PLEASE ASK ABOUT OUR SUBSIDISED DENTAL CLINICS.

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Equine Oral Exam Part 1

Equine Oral Exam Part 2

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Advanced dental procedures can be performed at our clinics. This includes the oral extraction of cheek teeth, canines and incisors, cavity restorations, diastema widening and bridging, sinus surgery including trephination, flushing and sinus flaps. Minimally invasive techniques, such as trans-buccal screw extractions, can be performed by visiting specialists.

Debridement of Infundibular caries prior to restoration
Debridement of Infundibular caries prior to restoration
Lesion successfully debrided and restored
Lesion successfully debrided and restored

CAVITY RESTORATION

Early identification and restoration of cavities or caries lesions can help prevent progression to more severe problems such as fractures and root infections.

A high speed, water cooled drill is used to remove all the unhealthy tissue. The cavity is cleaned, prepared and then filled with specialised resin material.

Food accumulating within a diastema
Food accumulating within a diastema
A view of successfully bridged diastema
A view of successfully bridged diastema

DIASTEMA AND PERIDONTAL DISEASE

Diastema are abnormal spaces between adjacent teeth which allow food to accumulate. Rotting food causes periodontal disease which is extremely painful and may result in tooth displacement and loss.

Treatment involves a combination of flushing, widening and packing depending on the type of diastema and severity of any associated periodontal disease.

Molar extraction forceps used for oral extraction
Molar extraction forceps used for oral extraction
Placing screw in an infected tooth (minimally invasive transbuccal extraction)
Placing screw in an infected tooth (minimally invasive transbuccal extraction)

CHEEK TOOTH EXTRACTION

Oral extraction technique is used in the majority of cases. These are performed under standing sedation and local anaesthetic. In more complex cases a minimally invasive trans-buccal screw extraction can also be performed at the clinic by visiting specialists, where the tooth is accessed via a small incision in the cheek.

Occasionally a general anaesthetic is required to facilitate extraction.

Our modern wireless digital radiography system provides radiographs of superior diagnostic quality greatly enhancing our ability to identify diseased teeth and other structures in the head. Intra-oral views are often used to highlight infected pulp cavities.

Our practice has a portable oroscope with a viewing camera which greatly facilitates detailed examination of the oral cavity. This means pathology such as diastema, infundibular caries, tooth fractures and periodontal disease are more readily identified.

Complex cases may require a computed tomography (CT) scan to enable accurate diagnosis. These are performed in cooperation with the Royal Veterinary College at Potters Bar, London.

digital radiograph of fractured tooth.
digital radiograph of fractured tooth.
Oroscopic view of buccal ulceration
Oroscopic view of buccal ulceration

Removing a blind wolf tooth at Towcester Equine Vets

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