Basic Health Float – Mini, Draft, & Donkeys
Cut and Buff Canines
Teeth Cleaning (tartar removal)
Balancing Molar Tables
Extractions (under supervision of D.V.M.)
How to Prepare for a Visit with your Equine Dentist
Here are a few questions you should ask your equine dentist to ensure quality work:
- Do they have any formal educational training? The answer should be yes. Any equine dentist that does not have any sort of formal education from a school should be avoided. Practice and experience do not always make up for a lack of formal training.
- Do they use a speculum? In order for proper inspection of the horse’s mouth a speculum will need to be placed in the mouth. A speculum is necessary to check for malocclusions and proper palpation of the horse’s mouth. Please note that side speculums or wedges should not be used as they can crack teeth.
- Ask if they use a light source. Many dentists will just go by “feel”. But as you can imagine many problems such as cracked teeth or foreign objects in the pallet can be missed without a proper visual inspection with a light source.
- Are proper sterilization procedures followed? A disinfectant such as chlorhexidine should be used on all the dentists’ tools to ensure proper hygiene.
- How many tools do they have? A properly trained equine dentist should have a minimum of five hand tools in their bucket. An open angle float, a straight float, a closed angle float, an incisor float, and a table rasp. Power instruments may also be present in your dentist’s arsenal.
- Are they willing to explain the process to you? A properly trained equine dentist will keep you informed. Explaining the condition of your horse’s mouth and why any problem occurred as well as the solution. Costs, follow up care, and possible complications will also be explained by a well-educated dentist.
- Do they use a dental chart? This helps the owner understand what the dentist did in your horse’s mouth and indicates professionalism and knowledge. It also helps with record keeping so you know when to make the next appointment for your horse!