Dental Care is more than just Floating a horse's teeth.  

Conditions that may be due to Dental Problems:

  • Difficult to Guide While Riding
  • Head Tilt
  • Head Tossing
  • Head Shaking
  • Fighting the Bit
  • Weight Loss
  • Drooling
  • Lugging In or Out
  • Difficulty in Chewing
  • Inability to Eat
  • Tongue Lolling
  • Bit Chewing

Correcting Dental Problems:

  • Reduces and Eliminates Discomfort From Pain
  • Improves Athletic Performance
  • Improves Bit Accommodation, thus Better Steering
  • Improves Eating Efficiency

 

Molars
 
Incisors
 
Molars

Caudal Hooks
Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar.

 

Rostral Hooks
Dominant upper front premolars overhang lower premolars.

Ramps
Excessive height to lower front premolars.

Enamel Points
Sharp points that generally form on the outside of the upper molars and the inside of the lower molars.

Sheared Molar Table
Extreme angulation of chewing surface of molars.

Wave Complexes
Molar arcade develops an uneven "wavelike" appearance generally involving many premolars and molars.

Stepped Molars
Molar arcade develops stepped-like appearance.

Accentuated Transverse Ridges
Enlarged ridges that run across chewing surfaces of molars.

Periodontal Pockets
Gum disease around tooth causing an area for feed to pocket.

Diastema
Space that occurs between two adjoining teeth.

 

 

Incisors

Overbite
Upper incisors protrude in front of lower incisors.

Underbite
Lower incisors protrude in front of upper incisors.

Ventral Curvature (smile)
Outer corner lower incisors grow longer relative to outer corner upper incisors.

Dorsal Curvature (frown)
Outer corner upper incisors grow longer relative to outer corner lower incisors.

Offset or Diagonal Bite
Upper incisors on one side of mouth are excessively long and lower incisors on opposite side are excessively long, causing incisors to meet on a diagonal.

Bone Spur
Mandibular periostitis or abnormal bony growth due to trauma.

Wolf Teeth
Mandibular periostitis or abnormal bony growth due to trauma.

Blind Wolf Tooth
Abnormal wolf tooth that does not break through gums.

Proper dental care is essential to your horse's health.  Your horse will be more comfortable, utilize feed more efficiently, perform better and may even live longer.

Malocclusions, or the improper position and contact between teeth, lead to inefficient chewing, bit discomfort, excessive wear and premature loss of teeth.  Many horses will not show symptoms of dental problems until it is too late.  Horses experiencing oral pain will not perform up to their best abilities.

Complete oral exams every six months to one year and regular preventative dental care allow horses to live healthier and perform better.

Our goal is a happy healthy horse!

Equine (Horses) Dental Care
Frequently Asked Questions About Horses Teeth & What to Look for in a Good Equine (Horse) Dentist 
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