Dentistry

Routine & Advanced Equine Dentistry

Properly performed dentistry can improve your horse's overall health. Our goal at Countryside is to provide effectiveness for nutrition (ability to properly chew), comfort with performance (acceptance of the bit), and prevent future problems. We utilize the latest technology and techniques - just as you would expect from your own dentist.

Dentistry Done Right

Our veterinary team is focused on diagnosing and treating horses with disorders of the teeth, mouth and sinuses. We our proud to offer a full range of equine dentistry procedures including: extractions, comprehensive oral evaluations and advanced endodontics.

Our equine dentistry is available both in our hospital and in the field. At Countryside, we recommend having equine teeth checked once every six months - these appointments can be conveniently rolled into spring and fall vaccination sessions. The oral exam is the cornerstone of equine dentistry. By visually assessing the mouth it's possible to determine which treatments are necessary to keep your horse at its peak performance.

Image of horse's teeth
Image of horse's teeth

Straight From the Horse's Mouth - Oral Endoscopy

Oral endoscopy provides our veterinarians with a detailed and magnified view of all aspects of the teeth and other tissues of the horse's mouth. This improved visualization aides in diagnosis and confirms findings. Another added feature of the oral endoscope is that it allows our veterinarians to maintain detailed photo and video records. This documentation is great for follow-up exams and consults.

Watch as we place an advanced block & extract a fractured tooth.

Can You Recognize Dental Problems?

  • Dropping feed while eating
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Weight loss
  • Tossing, head tilting, or fighting the bit
  • Foul odor from the mouth or nostrils
  • Nasal discharge
  • Swelling of the face, jaw, or mouth tissues
  • Blood coming from the mouth

Equine Dental Problems Are More Common Than You Think:

  • Equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH)
  • Retained caps (baby teeth that have not fallen out naturally)
  • Retained wolf teeth
  • Hooks on premolars and molars
  • Infected teeth and/or gums
  • Sharp points
  • Periodontal disease (Gum disease)