Dental care and surgery

Dental care and surgery

At Espinar Equine, I take dental problems very seriously and have developed extensive experience on routine as well as clinical cases. I’ve been trained in many advanced dental and sinus surgical procedures.

As well as performing routine rasping, wolf tooth removal and cheek tooth extractions, I can help with managing diastema and periodontal disease. 

I also understand the high level of specialisation of advanced procedures where referral would be appropriate, such as Endodontics (root canal), cavity restorations (fillings) and Maxillofacial surgery.

I have a wide range of experience handling and performing dental procedures on many horses from miniature shetlands to shires, and believe that by treating them in a calm, kind manner, their veterinary dental check-ups should be a pleasant experience.

As a vet, I can administer prescription drugs such as sedatives, local anaesthetics and pain killers if required, allowing for safer and more comfortable treatment (please note that Equine Dental Technicians or “horse dentists” cannot sedate or administer drugs).

When should I get my horse’s teeth checked?

Some signs that your horse may require me to check his teeth include abnormal chewing or quidding (dropping half-chewed food from the mouth), slow eating, weight loss,  or bad breath. Head shaking or unusual head carriage when being exercised along with being head-shy can also indicate dental issues. There may also be dribbling or drooling saliva, increased episodes of certain colics, swellings along jaw or round mouth, sores around lips/tongue and nasal discharge.

Horses rarely show signs of dental disease until it becomes quite advanced, so I feel it is important that horses get annual dental check-ups, and are checked more frequently if they are very young or old, or if they have any existing conditions (for example an over/underbite, shear or wave mouth, ventral/dorsal curvature and decayed or missing teeth). 

I use the latest and most effective surgical techniques, and regularly attend courses on equine dentistry both in the UK and abroad, to ensure I provide the best quality service and keep abreast of any innovations in techniques or specialised tools that could benefit my clients’ horses.