Routine and Advanced Dentistry

We are fully qualified and experienced in all aspects of routine dentistry. This includes the use of both hand rasps for routine procedures and power tools for more complex dental management.

Routine dental work involves removing any sharp enamel points from the outside (buccal) and inside (lingual) aspects of the teeth, and correcting any small overgrowths orenlarged ridges on the occlusal (grinding) surfaces of the teeth. The aim of routine dental work is to provide the horse with a comfortable mouth whilst maintaining the grinding surface of the teeth to ensure maximal grinding efficiency.

In some cases your horse may require more extensive dental work. This may be necessary if teeth have developed excessive overgrowths, for example if teeth are missing or positioned incorrectly, if there is poor natural conformation of the mouth, or if regular dental care has not been provided previously. In these cases motorised equipment is always used, as it allows overgrowths to be reduced much more quickly than with manual instruments, thus minimising the stress to the horse and decreasing the time required for the mouth to be held open. Sedation is always necessary when motorised tools are being used as there is far more chance of causing damage to the teeth or soft tissue structures should the horse move his head. Overgrown teeth can often be fully reduced in one treatment, however in come cases two or more treatments 3-6 months apart may be necessary to avoid risk of pulp exposure and extreme damage to the teeth.

Horses must be covered for Tetanus before any dental work can be carried out. If you wish your horse to have dental work performed without prior vaccination, then tetanus antitoxin will be administered to provide immediate cover against tetanus. An additional charge will be incurred if this is requested. We strongly recommend that all horses are vaccinated against tetanus as a minimum requirement.

Our portable digital x-ray machine allows us to take good quality images to aid accurate diagnosis of dental conditions. It is used most often for assessment of diastemata, fractures of teeth and bone, and assessment of potentially infected tooth roots and sinuses.

Our dental packages include the sedation that is required to perform a thorough dental examination and a thorough and proper dental treatment.

A free dental check to evaluate if any dental treatment is required is included in the cost of annual vaccination, and a discounted rate is available for any routine teeth treatments at the time of vaccinations. For older hoses a routine dental check up every six months is advisable, and this can be booked under the Cheap zone scheme (dental check is free).

Why use your equine vet for dental work:

  • All veterinary surgeons are fully qualified to perform all dental work. Vets at East Kent Equine have also undergone further training in routine and advanced dental procedures so you can be sure your horse is getting the best possible up-to-date dental care.
  • Many horses resent dental work being performed. Veterinary surgeons can administer sedation to enable safe and thorough examination and treatment of the mouth and teeth. it is very difficult, if not impossible, to perform high quality dentistry in a horse that is constantly moving his head.
  • Any health concerns and preventative health measures, such as dietary modification to aid management of dental conditions, can often be discussed whilst dental work is being performed.
  • Veterinary Surgeons can administer local anaesthetic, pain relief and antibiotics if necessary.
  • At East Kent Equine we have access to equipment such as digital radiography, to aid our diagnosis in more complicated cases. In addition we are able to perform dental surgery, such as extractions.
  • For further information regarding the legislation of Equine Dentistry in the UK please click here, and then on Equine Dental Procedures.

If you require any further information about dental care available for your horse, please contact us on 01304 364648.