Dr. Chris Blevins Explains New Tools for Equine Dentistry

(Dr. Chris Blevins) Hello. Welcome to Horsing Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about equine dentistry and some things that we do here at the Veterinary Health Center as far as examination of the equine teeth, mouth area. One of the new and exciting things that we have here at the vet school is a dental endoscope. What this piece of equipment is used for is a camera that we can put in the horse’s mouth and actually video record and diagnostically see different angles within the mouth, because as we know, the horse’s mouth is very tunnel-like when we look inside the mouth. This gives us different dimensions to see. We’re actually finding other things that maybe we haven’t diagnosed in the past. When we use the dental endoscope, I also allow for the students to see on a TV screen. In addition, the owners can really see and be involved with the examination process too. It’s really been a great asset here at Kansas State Veterinary Health Center as far as diagnostically and educationally the tool that we use. There have been all kinds of other things that we’ve added too for equine dentistry including some aspects of removing incisors with dental drills and moving some of the bone away. We have some older horses that get resorptive lesions and enbulge in the teeth that are anchored in and hard to remove. We use the drill. Now, we’ve used that for equine incisor extractions that’s needed for that tooth resorptive lesion. In addition, we’ve had caps that has donated their thing to rinse out the mouth and rinse out pockets within the mouth. That is an instrument that we have here. It is just on a tube, but it’s about 80 Psi. It really flushes pockets or spaces that maybe in between some of the teeth that we can’t get with just a normal rinsing mouth applicator. It allows us to get in there and squirt water in there and to remove some of those debris diagnostically and therapeutically for these horses. It’s been a really great thing for us to be able to use here at Kansas State. Some of the other things we do is standing oral extractions of some of the cheek teeth. Those things are some that evolved and used worth here at Kansas State. It’s not a new process that’s being just developed. It’s something that we’ve been modifying even through educational purposes and things, continuing education that we’ve learned about horses’ mouths. We’ve now learned every horse is different. Every mouth is different. Examination, seeing what the horse needs to be able to use those teeth through their whole life is very important; something that we continue to build here at Kansas State Veterinary Health Center. I think the other thing is to remember that we have other things that are going to be coming in the near future when it comes to teeth, horses’ teeth, in addition dental caries or cavities in horses’ mouths and stuff we’re seeing a lot more with this scope. I think those things, again, as we continue we’re going to be coming forward in the future. If you If you have any questions about equine dentistry here at the Veterinary Health Center or just about your own horse, give us a call here at the vet school any time. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State Veterinary Health Center. I’ll see you around.

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