Why do we use the Powerfloat for equine dentistry?
The Powerfloat serves as a very useful tool to quickly and efficiently float horses’ teeth and causes no soft tissue trauma as compared to manual floats. Each horse is sedated to help ensure a smooth procedure, fitted with a full mouth speculum and a light so that the horse’s mouth can be fully visualized to identify any problems. This tool easily grinds down long hooks and ramps for horses that have an uneven bite or missing teeth. It can also be used for incisor reductions in horses that are in need of this procedure.
But I read that power tools cause heat damage in horse’s teeth?
Studies have been performed to fully understand how much heat a horses tooth can withstand. The Powerfloat can be applied for a maximum of 20 seconds without causing damage. Cold water is kept nearby to keep the float and the teeth cooled.
Practitioners who have been trained to properly use this float are aware that the teeth should not be “over floated” and care should be taken not to spend too much time on long hooks or tall teeth.
Shouldn’t I have a dentist float my horse’s teeth?
While there are many equine dentists appropriately trained for equine dentistry. As veterinarians, we are always treating the “whole horse”. There are often times that there are several health problems that might be linked to the horse’s teeth.
Examples of this include weight issues, behavior or performance problems, and health problems associated with geriatric horses. Veterinarians can help solve these problems involving teeth, while advising and educating horse owners about diet, appropriate blood work and treatments, which may go hand in hand with dentistry work. Keep in mind also that only veterinarians are authorized in this state to administer sedation necessary to perform dental procedures.