When we look in your horse’s mouth we can only see a small portion of the tooth, the vast majority is under the gum in the jaw. Like human dentistry we need to take X-rays to be able to evaluate this part of the tooth if we have concerns. At The Equine Dental Surgery we have a fully mobile battery powered DR x-ray machine allowing rapid high quality image acquisition which can be brought straight to the stable.
For the standard set of dental x-rays it is possible in most cases to perform these on yard. However if more advanced views are required we me ask you to bring your horse to one of the clinics we operate from.
Computed Tomography (CT):
In complex surgical cases or where there are only subtle changes on x-rays we may request a CT scan. This allows us to build a 3D virtual model of your horses head enabling an in depth evaluation of your horse’s teeth and surrounding tissues. CT scans will be performed at your choice of referral hospital.