• Fighting the Bit

  • Weight Loss

  • Drooling

  • Lugging In or Out

  • Difficulty in Chewing

  • Inability to Eat

  • Tongue Lolling

  • Bit Chewing

  • Difficult to Guide While Riding

  • Head Tilt

  • Head Tossing

  • Head Shaking

Correcting Dental Problems:

  • Reduces and Eliminates Discomfort From Pain

  • Improves Athletic Performance

  • Improves Bit Accommodation, thus Better Steering

  • Improves Eating Efficiency

Molars

  • Caudal Hooks

  • Rostral Hooks

  • Ramps

  • Enamel Points

  • Sheared Molar Table

  • Wave Complexes

  • Stepped Molars

  • Accentuated Transverse Ridges

  • Periodontal Pockets

  • Diastema

Incisors

  • Overbite

  • Underbite

  • Ventral Curvature (smile)

  • Dorsal Curvature (frown)

  • Offset or Diagonal Bite

  • Bone Spur

  • Wolf Teeth

  • Blind Wolf Tooth

Caudal Hooks

  • Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar

caudal hooks.jpg
caudal hooks.jpg

Rostral Hooks

  • Dominant upper front premolars overhang lower premolars.

caudal hooks.jpg
caudal hooks.jpg

Ramps

  • Excessive height to lower front premolars.

caudal hooks.jpg
caudal hooks.jpg

Enamel Points

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

caudal hooks.jpg
caudal hooks.jpg

Sheared Molar Table

  • Extreme angulation of chewing surface of molars

caudal hooks.jpg

Wave Complexes

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

caudal hooks.jpg

Stepped Molars

  • Molar arcade develops stepped-like appearance

caudal hooks.jpg

Accentuated Transverse Ridges

  • Enlarged ridges that run across chewing surfaces of molars

caudal hooks.jpg

Periodontal Pockets

  • Gum disease around tooth causing an area for feed to pocket

caudal hooks.jpg

Caudal Hooks

  • Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar

Caudal Hooks

  • Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar

caudal hooks.jpg

Advanced Equine Dentistry

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

Conditions that may be due to Dental Problems:

  • Fighting the Bit

  • Weight Loss

  • Drooling

  • Lugging In or Out

  • Difficulty in Chewing

  • Inability to Eat

  • Tongue Lolling

  • Bit Chewing

  • Difficult to Guide While Riding

  • Head Tilt

  • Head Tossing

  • Head Shaking

Correcting Dental Problems:

  • Reduces and Eliminates Discomfort From Pain

  • Improves Athletic Performance

  • Improves Bit Accommodation, thus Better Steering

  • Improves Eating Efficiency

Molars

  • Caudal Hooks

  • Rostral Hooks

  • Ramps

  • Enamel Points

  • Sheared Molar Table

  • Wave Complexes

  • Stepped Molars

  • Accentuated Transverse Ridges

  • Periodontal Pockets

  • Diastema

Incisors

  • Overbite

  • Underbite

  • Ventral Curvature (smile)

  • Dorsal Curvature (frown)

  • Offset or Diagonal Bite

  • Bone Spur

  • Wolf Teeth

  • Blind Wolf Tooth

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- Equine Teeth Imperfections Molars  -

Caudal Hooks

  • Dominant lower or upper last molar overhanging opposing molar

caudal hooks.jpg
caudal hooks.jpg

Rostral Hooks

  • Dominant upper front premolars overhang lower premolars.

caudal hooks.jpg
rostral hooks.jpg

Ramps

  • Excessive height to lower front premolars.

caudal hooks.jpg
ramps.jpg

Enamel Points

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

caudal hooks.jpg
enamel points.jpg

Sheared Molar Table

  • Extreme angulation of chewing surface of molars

shearedmolar.jpg

Wave Complexes

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

wave complexes.jpg

Stepped Molars

  • Molar arcade develops stepped-like appearance

stepped molars.jpg

Accentuated Transverse Ridges

  • Enlarged ridges that run across chewing surfaces of molars

accentuatedtransverse.jpg

Periodontal Pockets

  • Gum disease around tooth causing an area for feed to pocket

periodontal pockets.jpg

Diastema

  • Space that occurs between two adjoining teeth.

diastema.jpg

- Equine Teeth Imperfections Incisors  -

Overbite

  • Upper incisors protrude in front of lower incisors.

overbite.jpg

Underbite

  • Lower incisors protrude in front of upper incisors

underbite.jpg

Ventral Curvature (smile)

  • Outer corner lower incisors grow longer relative to outer corner upper incisors

ventral curvature.jpg

Dorsal Curvature (frown)

  • Outer corner upper incisors grow longer relative to outer corner lower incisors.

dorsal curvature.jpg

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 diagon

offset or diagonal bite.jpg

Bone Spur

  • Mandibular periostitis or abnormal bony growth due to trauma

bone spurs.jpg

Wolf Teeth

  • Mandibular periostitis or abnormal bony growth due to trauma

wolf teeth.jpg

Blind Wolf Tooth

  • Abnormal wolf tooth that does not break through gums.

blind wolf tooth.jpg

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!

Dr. Casey is available to treat general medical and emergency problems on site.  Call 301-785-5167

Dr Casey will travel around Maryland and bordering states to perform Equine Dentistry