At Animal Dental Care Specialists, we specialize in providing diagnostic and treatment services related to veterinary dentistry. Since oral disease often extends into other areas of the head, we also specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of other associated areas of the head (except for the eye). Dr. Galloway is Board Certified in Equine Dentistry and Orofacial & Sinonasal Surgery.
EQUINE RIGID ORAL ENDOSCOPY
“Having our patient ready, we must first give the teeth a thorough examination.
This should not be hurriedly done, for on it the subsequent work depends.”
Hinebaugh TD. Veterinary Dental Surgery. 1889.
No treatments should be performed before an accurate diagnosis is made, and the basis for an accurate diagnosis is a thorough examination! Oral endoscopy allows for the most detailed oral examination possible.
EQUINE RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
- The goal of dentistry is to save teeth; however, teeth diseased beyond repair must be extracted to prevent the extension of infection into the adjacent teeth, jaw bone, and sinuses. Oral infections can also seed bacteria into the rest of the body causing systemic infections.
- Tooth extractions in horses are major oral surgery events that require concurrent medical management to control inflammation, infection, & pain and often require concurrent treatment of adjacent sinonasal structures.
- Tooth Extractions in horses are performed under standing sedation with regional nerve blocks. General Anesthesia is rarely indicated for surgical head procedures in horses and unnecessarily increases the risk of anesthetic related complications!
- Tooth Extractions in horses are most successful, and ultimately less expensive, when performed by an experienced veterinary dentist, after a complete diagnostic workup and thorough treatment planning.
Veterinary Dentistry includes the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, & treatment of oral disease that extends into regional tissues; therefore, veterinary dentistry specialists are specifically trained to treat orofacial and sinonasal disease. Rhinoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed on a sedated horse that is used to visually evaluate a horse’s upper airway system.
The Rule of 2s
If a horse reads the anatomy book…
the roots of his/her 1st two upper cheek teeth should reside in the Maxillary Bone,
the roots of his/her 2nd two upper cheek teeth in the Rostral Sinus Compartment,
and the roots of his/her 3rd two upper cheek teeth in the Caudal Sinus Compartment!
They don’t all read the Book!
Veterinary Dentistry includes the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, & treatment of oral disease that extends into regional tissues; therefore, veterinary dentistry specialists are specifically trained to treat orofacial and sinonasal disease. Sinoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure performed on a sedated horse that is primarily used to visually evaluate a horse’s sinuses. Rigid and/or flexible endoscopes are passed through small holes cut into the facial bones or sometimes through the nose to access the sinus compartments.
EQUINE ORAL HEALTH
EQUINE PERIODONTAL TREATMENT
EQUINE MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY