The American Dental Association defines dentistry as “the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (non-surgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the… body”.
This statement is equally as relevant to equine dentistry as it is to human dentistry and the idea that dentistry is just ‘rasping off some sharp points’ is very out-dated and misinformed. Many of the most painful conditions affecting our equine patients such as dead, infected, abscessed teeth, or many cases of periodontal disease can only be seen, they can’t be felt. This means a thorough oral examination using a powerful light, a mirror or endoscope, a full mouth speculum and a relaxed patient, are essential.
We can provide advanced dental procedures and treatments, as well as routine dental maintenance, which always includes a thorough oral examination as standard practice. We are trained and experienced in providing dental restorations (‘fillings’), endodontics (‘root canal’ treatments), treatments for advanced periodontal disease and offer referral services to other veterinarians and dental technicians.