Meet Saucy, he was in this week to have some dental work after he had been struggling to eat and generally felt miserable due to experiencing dental pain.
Saucy had a build-up of food in the gaps between his teeth which is known as Diastemata. If left untreated, the food between the gaps can begin to decay and cause an oral infection which can lead to further problems.
Saucy arrived into the practice in the morning along with his field partner, Nutkin, who was having a tooth removed on the same day.
Once settled into their stables and given some hay, Saucy was sedated and walked into the stocks where he would be restrained adequately and safely for the examination of his mouth.
One of our vets then conducted a full examination of Saucy’s mouth where we used an oral endoscope to get a closer look into the oral cavities.
As you can see from the image above there was a lot of food packing in-between the teeth causing Saucy pain. The food was flushed out from between the teeth.
As you can see from this image the gums were quite sore between teeth once the food had been removed.
Dental putty was then placed in the gaps between the teeth to prevent the build-up of food.
Up to 70% of horses have undiagnosed dental problems which will deteriorate before a horse begins to show any clinical signs due to their high pain threshold, especially with dental pain. It is important to maintain regular dental health checks for your horse in order to ensure problems are treated as quickly as possible.
We recommend an annual dental check which can be done at the same time as your vaccination. You can also take advantage of our free visit fixed price dentals. To find out more, call the office on 01392 876622 (option 2).