The most important part of any dental procedure on a horse is the exam. You cannot identify oral and dental pathology if you do not see it! Every dental performed by Centennial Equine's veterinarians includes a full oral exam, performed on a sedated horse, with a speculum and a mirror. We record abnormal findings and dental equilibrations in a dental chart for each horse at every dental.
In addition to removing sharp buccal and lingual points and reducing rostral and caudal hooks, we address ramps, steps, and wave mouth complexes with a mixture of power and hand tools. In addition to these basic dental adjustments, we can identify and address causes of periodontal disease, such as loose teeth, diastemata, crown fractures, etc. Some diseased teeth may be removed in the field, and some may warrant referral to a surgical facility or boarded veterinary dentist. EOTRH (Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis) is a growing problem in older horses. Each veterinarian is equipped with radiography equipment to identify this disease at the time of the dental appointment so a plan for treatment can be developed as early as possible.