Our ROUTINE visit usually consists of obtaining as much relevant information as possible about the patient from the owner or yard manager. This includes age, job and any past dental history and Tetanus status which is important prior to treatment. Then we complete a systematic and thorough examination of the horses head and oral cavity checking for dental abnormalities and pathologies using a specialist head torch. An overview of the horses general health, including weight and inspection of the horses faeces is also carried out. Once this is complete we discuss any issues and devise a treatment plan specific to each case. A majority of the routine work we do we’ll use the hand tools but on occasions and where necessary we will use power instruments. The use of power instruments has been made very safe in recent years because of advancements in the hand pieces we use.
The more ADVANCED treatment we carry out often entails a repeat visit, either to complete further work and in some cases have the patient sedated by a vet to execute a very thorough examination. Having the horse sedated allows us to work in a controlled environment and provides us with a safer and in some cases a longer time which is needed to complete the necessary work. Whilst it is not our aim to create discomfort through the treatment, inevitably in some cases such as extracting wolf teeth and the flushing diastemata, (gaps between the teeth) we feel it only fair on the patient to be administered pain relief by the vet.
The use of power instruments is fast becoming the preferred way to complete the treatment necessary. A high skill level of the EDT or vet using this equipment is necessary as the integrity of the dental arcades could be at risk. Our personal approach is that if this can be done safely and conscientiously of risk there is no reason for sedation. If however there is an amount of work to be carried out and any doubt the welfare of the horse is at risk, we would always request the horse be sedated.
We are fortunate in the area we work to have a number of well equipped specialist Equine Veterinary Practices. There is no doubt this compliments our business as there is always the option to talk over various more interesting cases with specialist equine vets, but also discuss the more routine problems we incur everyday as EDT’S such as biting issues and riding/training problems. This often does well for client confidence, knowing the horse is in good hands.
We take pride in constantly updating and using the latest instruments to help us achieve the highest standard of workmanship possible. An uncompromised approach to Bio-security and cleanliness is a must for any professional EDT travelling around lots of different yards.