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Equine Dentals - Partnership with High Country Veterinary Services

Are you in need of a veterinary equine dentist for your horse? Then look no further!

Front Range Equine Performance is proud to partner with Dr. Louise Batt, BVSc, MRCVS, of High Country Veterinary Services, based out of Steamboat Springs, CO to bring monthly dental services to clients in the Front Range area. Dr. Batt has an extensive amount of training in equine dentistry and will provide exceptional care for your horse. 

Please read below for a description of what to expect from a dental visit with Dr. Batt, where you can find information about the dates for upcoming visits, and how to schedule an appointment.

What to expect from a dental visit:

1) External examination prior to sedation 

  • Physical exam assessing the horse's overall body condition, including heart rate, temperature and gastrointestinal sounds.

  • External examination of the nose, cheeks, and head etc.

2) Intra-oral examination once a light sedation has been given. A speculum is fitted to the horse's mouth and the mouth is thoroughly rinsed. A bright light, dental mirror & palpation are used to assess -  

 

  • Soft tissue structures (tongue, gums etc), 

  • Occlusion/malocclusion of the cheek teeth and incisors (how the teeth grind and fit together).  The periodontal status (the tissues immediately surrounding the teeth such as the gingiva & periodontal ligament) - this is important as periodontal disease is common and left unidentified can lead to painful gum recession, bone loss, tooth abscesses/loss. 

  • The endodontal status (the structures in the tooth itself) - from the mirror exam we can see superficial changes that may indicate deeper problems and the need for further diagnostics (x-rays) and treatments.

3) Odontoplasty (teeth "floating") 

  • Careful removal of sharp enamel points, reduction of malocclusions and balancing of the dental arcades. A combination of power tools and hand floats are used to achieve this. Sometimes the initial float will be done before the entirety of the intra-oral examination in order to capitalize on the heaviest level of sedation, particularly for older horses and those with more pathology or dental disease. 

4) Additional diagnostics, treatments, and planning 

  • Depending on the examination findings further diagnostics such as radiographs, maybe recommended and can be done during or after the odontoplasty.  Some treatments such as diastema flushing, periodontal pocket treatments, and scaling may be done at the time of the appointment.  However, other treatments such as extractions or endodontal restoration may be scheduled for a later date or referred to a surgeon, this varies on a case by case basis. 

5) Charting and Follow-up 

  • A dental chart is completed documenting the examination results, procedures performed, and future recommendations. A copy is provided to the owner at the end of the appointment.  Recommendations for the next examination or treatments are discussed and a plan is made and documented. 

To find information about dates for upcoming dental visits:

  • To know the dates for upcoming dental visits, please check the calendar on our website by hovering over the tab that says "Contact Us and Calendar" and selecting "calendar" from the dropdown menu, check your emails, and watch for announcements on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

To schedule a dental appointment:

  • All appointments will be made through Front Range Equine Performance. To schedule a dental appointment, please contact our office by phone at: (970) 368-3125 or by email at: office@frequine.com.

A testimonial from one of Dr. Batt's wonderful clients:

  • In 27 years of horse ownership, I've seen a wide range of equine dental practitioners, both vets and non-vet practitioners. Dr. Louise is the best! Your horses will thank you.​​

    - Peter Flint

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