Equine Dentistry

equine dentistry

Horses wear their teeth down throughout their lifetime. If the teeth wear unevenly, they cannot grind their food properly. Larger pieces of feedstuff inhibit proper digestion and nutrient absorption leading to poor nutrition and potentially episodes of colic. Additionally, sharp edges that form on the premolars and molars can cut the tongue or inside of the cheeks leading to ulcer formation and discomfort. This discomfort may result in dropping of feed or uneven tooth wear. Annual evaluation of the teeth and dental care will promote better health and performance, help prevent formation of severe dental disease and can increase your horse's lifespan by many years.

At CEC, Dr. Page, Dr. Edge and Dr. Rice manage equine dentistry, and will evaluate your horse and recommend the best course of treatment. Dr. Rice has completed specialized equine dentistry studies from some of the top equine dental practitioners in the U.S. He can use the latest in power float technology and sedatives to give your horse a thorough, non-invasive float with minimal stress and discomfort. CEC uses diamond chip burrs and blades to eliminate heat damage to the teeth and provide a smooth, finished surface. More invasive procedures like tooth extractions often can be performed as a standing procedure eliminating the expense of general anesthesia.

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