Equine Dentistry

Complete Equine Dentistry Service

At North West Equine Vets we are able to provide a complete dentistry service, from routine rasping to surgical correction of serious dental problems. Our team of equine vets are all experienced and well-equipped, with modern hand tools and also the power tools for correction of larger dental overgrowths. We are also able to sedate more fractious patients to facilitate a safe procedure for both horse and humans alike.

Your horse?s teeth should be examined at least once every year. Call reception to discuss your horse?s dental plan. We have several

Why is dentistry required?

Horses have evolved teeth which erupt continually throughout their lives. Modern diets, management and requirement to wear tack and bits add to the challenges a horse would face in the wild.

All horses will develop sharp enamel points on their teeth which require rasping to avoid pain when they wear a bit and bridle. Some will also develop tooth overgrowths which need keeping in check.

My Horse's first dental check

Because young horses teeth are always extremely sharp we advise first rasping a horse's teeth shortly before they are broken.

This way their first experience of a bit is a comfortable one, setting them on the right track for the future.

We can also check for wolf teeth, loose caps or any dental anomalies at this time.


How Often Should My Horse's Teeth be Checked

  • The majority of horses should have their teeth checked yearly.
  • Young horses teeth are softer and erupt faster so get sharp extremely quickly. You should have these checked every six months.
  • If your horse is quidding (dropping food) there are several common reasons for this so call us to arrange a dental examination.
  • Old horses or those with known problems will often need checking six monthly or more.



Most of a horse's tooth is hidden below the gum so taking x-rays can be an invaluable aid to diagnosis.

We are fully equipped to radiograph your horses teeth with clinic based and portable x-ray machines for on-site visits.


Horses teeth have extremely large roots, often a couple of inches or more, and as a result extractions can be a very difficult process.

However, we are extremely experienced in this procedure and perform it regularly at our clinics.