Dentistry/Floating Teeth

This service is performed at  Fundo Beerseba,
a private facility equipped for the safety and comfort of your horse.

A brief description of the dental procedure performed at
Rio Colorado Equine:

Steps are taken with your horse to do the most thorough and effective job possible. Enjoy the advantage of having your horse's teeth floated by a licensed and highly skilled professional.
Dr. Sandigo takes the time to insure the patient is calm, then administers smooth sedatives to help him/her tolerate the position of the head. When your horse is ready, he performs a complete oral cavity examination to identify any problems that were not readily seen on the cursory examination. He then uses power floats to smooth the surfaces of the teeth. The specialized equipment and technique Dr. Sandigo uses allows for routine floats to be performed as needed-- typically every 2 years, although some need work sooner and others with less frequency. The procedure usually takes about an hour and half, including recovery time.

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Making sure:

A brief oral examination may be performed during or as part of routine examination at no charge, or at other opportune times to determine the need for dental work. A routine dentistry includes an oral cavity examination performed under sedation and using a speculum, a teeth "float" using power instruments to reduce enamel points, caudal hooks, bit seats and canines. Retained wolf teeth can be removed when indicated. Sheath cleaning may be performed while your horse is relaxed.

**A brief oral examination/consultation with Dr. Sandigo's is included with all examinations upon request. Vaccination time is a great opportunity to check teeth! Teeth should be evaluated at least annually, even if they don't need any work.

Floating the teeth (See the VIDEO on!) is part of routine preventive care for horse beginning around 4 years of age and continuing thoughout its life. Be sure to have the veterinarian examine your horse's teeth at least once a year** in order to identify problems. The hooks and points that form over time can interfere with the horses' ability to chew, can interfere with weight maintenance, and can cause pain and lesions in the mouth. Performance may then become an issue as well, in regard to tolerating the bit.

"Brush up" on your equine oral health knowledge with these facts about dental anatomy, issues, and exams by reading this very thorough article from Things Teeth Are Telling You and Click here for AAEP Dental Care Brochure

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