Our dentistry services include
- Ambulatory service
- Examination in stocks
- Motorised equipment
- Computer tomography
- Oral and surgical extraction
There has been a revival of interest in equine dentistry in the last few years which is great news for horses!
We have supplemented our anatomical and physiological knowledge of the horse’s dentition and biting by attending equine dentistry courses and are now well equipped to deal with anything that might be lurking inside your horse’s mouth.
Routine dental attention can be carried out on your yard or stable, this will involve a thorough examination of the teeth both visually and manually. The majority of horse will only require routine rasping or floating of the sharp points on the cheek teeth but if more serious dental abnormalities are detected these can be dealt with at the yard or you can bring your horse in to Rainbow Equine Hospital for further investigation. We have the facilities for correcting large enamel overgrowths and for treating diastema (gaps between teeth).
Smelly nasal discharges or discharging sinuses from the lower jaw may be indicative of tooth root problems. Radiography and occasionally scintigraphy and endoscopy of the sinuses can be used in conjunction with a full oral examination to localise and diagnose the problem. Computer Tomography[M1] allows us to accurately diagnose and locate the sources of problems within the sinuses of the horse. Rainbow Equine Hospital leads the way being the first centre in the world offering computer tomography on standing sedated horses.
If teeth are diseased or infected and require extraction, we have the expertise and facilities required to perform the appropriate procedures. Traditionally teeth were removed with the horse under general anesthesia by repulsing the tooth (hitting with a metal punch). We now perform nearly all extractions orally under standing sedation and local nerve blocks. This technique has dramatically reduced post-operative complications and results in a faster recovery rate for your horse.
We have a good working relationship with many of the qualified equine dentists in the area and are happy to receive referrals from them to deal with dental problems requiring sedation or general anaesthesia
For further details about our facilities and services please contact us.