Case Studies

Sow Mouth

Example of a “sow mouth”. Lower incisors protrude in front of the upper incisors. The opposite situation where the upper incisors protrude in front of the lower incisors is called a 'parrot mouth'.

Worn Incisors

Example of wear to the incisors (front teeth) caused by crib biting.

Wolf Teeth

10yr Old Mare Ex-Racer

Symptoms / History – raising head and rearing when rein aid applied.

Clinical findings – Large overgrowths of the first cheek teeth on both sides of the upper jaw. A “wolf tooth” on one side.

Treatment / Outcome – Reduction of overgrowths and extraction of wolf tooth resolved problem.

Gum Damage

10yr Old Show Jumper / Hunter

Symptoms / History – Became “Strong” whilst being ridden.

Clinical Findings – Inflammation and swelling of the bars of the mouth caused by friction from a rubber Pelham. Ulceration of cheeks caused by sharp enamel points.

Treatment / Outcome – Removal of sharp enamel points and use of bitless bridle for 10 days. Changing to a bit without a curb will help to prevent excessive pressure on bars.

Facial swelling

6yr Old Polo Pony

Symptoms / History - Hard swelling on side of face and malodour from mouth.

Clinical Findings - Grass and hay impacting between upper molars and cheek, caused by displaced, loose teeth.

Treatment / Outcome – Extraction of loose teeth and reduction of overgrowths resulted in complete resolution of symptoms.

Tongue Damage

5yr Old Cob, Riding Horse

Symptoms / History – None!

Clinical Findings – Extensive tissue loss and scarring on tongue caused by previous trauma. The tongue was a third of its normal size.

Treatment / Outcome – The horse was coping well with this old injury, routine dental work was all that was required.

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