Equine Dentistry FAQ’s

      Enamel Hypoplasia Enamel Hypoplasia is a condition where the enamel of the tooth does not form correctly or is damaged during development. This causes exposure of the underlying dentin, which is more susceptible to wear and is slightly weaker. A restoration (filling) may be done which may strengthen the tooth and help […]

Routine Equine Dentistry – Float

“Floating” is a masonry term that means to “smooth out,” as in smoothing the sharp enamel points on the outside of the upper cheek teeth and the inside of the lowers. There is, however, much more to routine dentistry than removing enamel points. The competent equine dental practitioner performs a thorough examination and uses the examination findings to develop […]

The Exam

A thorough examination is the basis for all dental procedures and requires, at a minimum, four components. The components are sedation a full mouth speculum a bright headlight, and a mirror. More diagnostics such as the use of a periodontal probe, explorer and radiography (X-rays) may be needed based on the dental condition of each individual horse. Significant dental […]