Equine Dental Practice WWAED, DEFRA and RCVS approved category 2 qualified
Equine Dental PracticeWWAED, DEFRA and RCVS approved category 2 qualified 

Frequently asked questions

How much do you charge?

Examination,evaluation and treatment which are to include the removal of sharp enamel points,balance the mouth and rostral profiling as required of the 6s wil be £50 per horse


For other services, for example Wolf Teeth removal with Vet presence, please call. 


How far do you travel?
The Equine Dental Practice is based is Chichester, West Sussex. Travel  up to 30 miles of Chichester is included in the price of a routine visit. Over 30 miles we charge £1 per mile. 


How oftern should my horse be checked?

Every horse is different but the majority of horses need checking between every 6 months and annually. After your first visit we will advise you. 


I’ve used my local vet in the past, why should I use an Equine Dentist?
Equine Dentistry is not covered in depth as part of a normal Veterinary Science programme. Some vets do offer the service but are not necessarily certified as Equine Dentist unless they have undertaken additional studies in this field. In short, you probably would not consider going to your local GP to have your teeth checked, so why should your horse?


What are wolf teeth?
In primitive horses wolf teeth were fully developed premolars, over time they have reduced to such a small size they are now in face redundant. They serve no purpose to a modern horse. Due to their location however, wearing a bit in the mouth irritates these teeth and surrounding gingiva, causing the horse discomfort. This in turn may also result in behavioral problems when wearing a bit. Bits may also cause the tooth to fracture, risking further pain, infection and disease. Wolf teeth are routinely removed when a horse is between 2.5-3 years of age, ideally before they are mouthed and bitted, as part of their first equine dental checkup. Wolf teeth may be removed at any later age though if present. Extraction will be performed with sedation from your vet.


What is ‘bitseating’?
A good Equine Dentist will create bitseats for your horse to ensure greater comfort when wearing a bit. Bitseating is essentially the rounding of the first premolar (first cheek tooth) in each arcade, upper and lower, to create a ‘seat’ for the bit to rest in. A horse that has not been bit seated properly may show reluctance to accept the bit and may not be fully relaxed when ridden.


Why didn’t you work on my horse’s front teeth?
Incisor teeth are very rarely filed as part of a normal visit. They are checked for balance and alignment, tartar and disease are treated as required. Removing height from incisor teeth can cause great stresses on the cheek teeth and significantly upset the balance of the whole mouth. Never let anyone perform a reduction (reducing the height of all or one incisor tooth) especially with power tools, unless you are convinced they are trained to do the procedure and that it is absolutely necessary.


What bit should I be using on my horse?
Your Equine Dentist will help you to select the correct type and size of bit for your horse and chosen discipline. Finding the right bit is crucial to ensure your horse is comfortable in the bridle.


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