Equine Dentistry: A Practical Guide by Patricia Pence

By Patricia Pence

Designed for the practitioner within the box or the health facility, this quickly reference handbook presents clinical and surgical information in a pragmatic, concise demeanour. Procedural in its process, this article comprises many tables, charts and lists, and step by step strategies, diagnostic overview, and scientific and surgical administration of all dental difficulties within the horse.

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The sublingual gland is polystomatic in the horse. It lies directly beneath the oral mucosa between the tongue and the medial surface of the mandible from the third cheek tooth to the level of the chin. The sublingual gland has many small ducts that open on papillae below the tongue. The buccal glands lie with the buccinator muscle in the cavity beneath the facial crest. There are also microscopic salivary glands in the tongue, lips, and soft palate. 12). DENTAL PHYSIOLOGY For each species, the dental system has evolved to efficiently process the food substances most commonly available to it into a form that can be easily digested by its 22 E Q U I N E D E N T I S T R Y : A PRACTICAL G U I D E unique digestive system.

ELEVATORS, DENTAL PROBES, AND PICKS Elevators are instruments used to elevate the gingiva surrounding a tooth. They are primarily used to facilitate extraction of wolf teeth, but may be used to elevate the tissue of any tooth within reach. Dental picks are also used as elevators when the gingiva surrounding a cheek tooth needs to be dissected from the tooth. Wolf tooth elevators come in several styles and sizes (Fig. 11). The most commonly used wolf tooth elevator is 6 or 7 inches long and is shaped like a short screw-driver with a half-moon blade.

Cutting on the pull motion works best in the posterior part of the mouth because there is so little room to work, especially when working on the back molars. Capps floats have blades that are made of three-sided carbide blade inserts that are pinned together to form a single unit (Fig. 10). Because they have three working surfaces, the Capps floats give longer uninterrupted service than flat blades. However, they do not resharpen well and need to be replaced when dull. The Capps floats are extremely aggressive, compared to carbide burrs, in that they can remove a great amount of tooth material with just a few strokes.

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