At Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center, we offer comprehensive dental care using safe, water-cooled modern power dental equipment. We provide thorough oral examinations using sedation to keep your horse calm and relaxed during the exam and any dental procedures. During our oral exams, we look for abnormalities with the teeth, tooth fractures, diastemas, gingivitis, retained deciduous teeth (caps), malalignment, and much more. The equine oral cavity is complex and constantly changing. Young horses may need retained deciduous teeth removed and can have very sharp enamel points that need to be floated (rounded) to prevent damage to their cheeks and pain during bitting. Middle aged horses can have waves, steps, hooks, and ramps that need to be addressed. Our older patients can have loose teeth that need to be extracted, infections, or diastemas with food packing that need to be treated. These are only a few of the reasons why routine oral exams and teeth floating are so important for your horse’s health--from the young to our special geriatric horses. We take special care to address your horse’s dental needs, whatever their age.