Rasping teeth requires careful reduction of the enamel sharp points, hooks and excessive transverse ridges on the occlusal surface of the tooth. Both the specially designed Powerfloat and HDE Float are quiet, safe and well tolerated by the vast majority of horses. Occasionally slimline hand floats are needed to access restricted spaces within the mouth, such as the buccal aspect of the upper 10’s and 11’s. Ponies, miniature horses and shetlands are also catered for with a smaller sized Haussman gag, shorter length rasp attachments and movable chest/tail bars in the crush to facilitate a comfortable examination.
In addition to reducing enamel points and hooks during a routine dental rasp, veterinary dentists also assess:
- Oral soft tissues – lips, cheeks, tongue, hard palate, gums
- Abnormalities such as
- periodontal disease
- infundibular caries (cavities in teeth)
- diastemmas (gaps between teeth)
- mal-aligned, missing or fractured teeth
- wave mouth/shear mouth conformations
- Bit seat symmetry and comfort
Any abnormalities detected can be investigated further using radiography and endoscopy/sinoscopy, allowing diagnosis at the time of examination and prompt initiation of a treatment protocol.