Equine dental filling — or endodontic treatment — is not performed as commonly in equines as in human dentistry, or in small animal dentistry, according to Professor Paddy Dixon, Professor of Equine Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at The University of Edinburgh.
Do horses need fillings?
In addition to improving the welfare of horses, filling infundibular caries stops the progression of the disease and prevents the tooth from fracturing down the line. The cost of fillings is less than the cost of dealing with a fractured tooth and can stop the tooth from requiring extraction.
What is a filling horse?
Once your equine dentist finds a cavity and decides on a composite filling for your horse, the process is much like your own fillings: the decay is removed, the surface prepared for the placement of the composite, the composite is used to fill the opening, and a light cure assures it is hardened and secure.
Can horses get cavities?
Horse’s can get tooth decay or “cavities” much like those that we find out about when visiting our own dentist. Areas of tooth decay left untreated will eventually cause the root of the tooth to abscess and loosen.
Why do horses not get cavities?
Diet composition accounts for the general lack of decay in horse teeth; horses eat less sugar than humans. Even horses that consume feed coated with molasses (sweet feed) ingest only small amounts of sugar because the staple of their diet is likely forage (hay or pasture), which contains only minimal sugar.
What causes caries in horses?
Dental caries in your horse refers to tooth decay. The cause is an imbalance of the pH of your horse’s mouth resulting in plaque buildup. This condition can create secondary problems for your horse if left unchecked. Vet bills can sneak up on you.