The Hospital is equipped With:
Computed tomography for accurate diagnosis:
Equine Cheek teeth are much more complicated than human teeth are, and CT allows us to assess structures that are not visible or overlap on an x-ray. It also allows us to assess the structures surrounding the teeth much more accurately, so the best treatment (whether to remove, repair or leave alone) can be performed.
Cutting edge extraction techniques and equipment
The vast majority of our extractions are performed standing and sedated. This saves the (small) risk of anaesthesia to your horse and expense for you! Some of the science and techniques we use have been around for a long time 100-150 years but many have been rediscovered and improved on in the past 20-30 years, with the quality of the equipment improving year on year. We are always adding to and updating our equipment to fit all shapes and sizes and continually updating our knowledge.
Minimally invasive Steinman pin repulsion / Minimally invasive transbuccal extraction
If the fracture fragment(s) or tooth is too small for the forceps or we are unable to access the tooth orally, we have techniques that help remove these fragments, and allow the mouth to heal as quickly as possible
This is a common condition which if left untreated often results in fracture of the crown requiring tooth extraction and can result in secondary tooth root infections and sinus infections. Recently a technique for filling these areas of decay has been developed which reduces the risk of the tooth fracturing and developing any subsequent problems.
Endodontic restorations (Root canal treatment)
These techniques are applicable for fractures to incisors and canines and in some instances, they can be used with tooth root infections to reduce the need for tooth extraction.
This is most recent addition to treatments in equine dentistry and allows us to try and save teeth that would otherwise have needed extracting. This means that the normal anatomy of the mouth and teeth is maintained so overgrowths opposite the removed teeth are avoided, the risk of a damaged tooth progressing to a fractured one is reduced and infection that may have reached the tooth root is prevented. This is a rapidly advancing field and cases are chosen carefully but can make a huge difference to how horses perform.
We have 2 oral scopes available to give incredibly detailed images of the tooth surface that allow for early signs of dental disease and damage to be picked up and treated before becoming a problem. These can be brought out to yards as well as being used routinely on all horses brought in for advanced procedures.