Case Studies

Retained Deciduous Incisors

This 12 year old horse still had his lateral and corner deciduous (‘baby teeth’) incisors (black arrows). You can see the problems this caused – rotten feed had packed in between the permanent and deciduous incisors (green arrow). This allowed bacteria to proliferate, causing periodontal disease, so it was important that the retained incisors were removed.

After removal, the outside of the permanent teeth did have some tartar and staining but this should resolve now that the cause has been removed

He is also a chronic windsucker which has led to the ‘slant mouth’ and shortened upper incisors.