Our Equine Veterinarians have attended further training in equine dentistry and are members of Equine Dental Vets in Australia.
At Southern Veterinary Centre, we use a full mouth oral speculum that allows the mouth to be safely opened. After the mouth has been thoroughly rinsed out with an antiseptic solution, the use of a light and mirrors enables full visualisation of the mouth. The safe use of tranquilisers allows a thorough dental examination to be performed followed by effective treatment. The use of motorised power equipment ('Powerfloat') allows sharp enamel points, overgrowths and malocclusions of teeth to be quickly corrected.
Routine dental treatment and some minor surgical procedures (e.g. removal of wolf teeth) can be performed either at our client's premises or alternatively bought into the clinic. Horse's that require more advanced dental care (e.g. extraction of molar teeth or management of dental related paranasal sinus infections) are generally admitted to the clinic.
As a horse's teeth are continually growing or erupting, they will naturally develop sharp enamel points that can cut into the cheeks or tongue if left untreated. We recommend that your horse’s mouth and teeth are examined every 6 - 12 months depending on their age, dental history and oral conformation. This is often done at the same time as their annual vaccinations or at the horse’s annual health check.