Equine dentistry is a newly recognized specialty of the American Veterinary Dental College; Dr. Robert Baratt is a founding Diplomate of this specialty. The equine dental services that are available include:
- Oral endoscopic examination. Video endoscopy allows a detailed tooth-by-tooth examination and the horse owner can observe the video in real time.
- Digital radiographic examination of the dentition and related sinuses. Dr. Baratt has developed novel radiographic techniques and has published and lectured widely on equine dental radiography.
- Routine removal of sharp enamel points and focal overgrowths of cheek teeth. Commonly referred to as “floating teeth.” Odontoplasty is conservatively performed for maintaining proper occlusion, prolonging tooth longevity, and providing the performance horse with a comfortable mouth.
- Oral and surgical extraction of diseased teeth. Most extractions, even those requiring a surgical approach, can be performed with local anesthesia in the sedated, standing horse. Depending on the circumstances, the extraction may be performed on the farm or in the hospital. When dental disease is not readily identified as the cause of facial swelling or nasal discharge, a computed tomography (CT) scan may be needed for the diagnosis and treatment planning.