A thorough dental exam begins with a physical health exam. Dr. Jack or Dr. Struble will look at the overall body condition of the horse and listen for any heart abnormalities. Next, the horse will be sedated. We sedate our patients to ensure we are thorough and keep the horses comfortable. Horses develop phobias when dentals are done without sedation. The mouth is examined for a variety of abnormal conditions within and around the mouth. Once a dental exam is performed power and hand tools will be used to correct abnormalities. We can fix what non-vet dentists cannot.
Having regular dental exams and dental work performed by your veterinarian will limit the number of problems your horse will experience as he or she ages. Additionally, when your horse can chew comfortably and appropriately, feed utilization will improve, and life expectancy increases.