Tools and Instrumentation
The Negative Effect of Power Instruments
Power floating can create an artificial pathology in the horse’s mouth. One that proprioceptively, the body cannot handle and the changes effect the whole body. "Modern" horse dentists often go straight to the obvious sharp points and aggressively and quickly grind them down. This methodology ignores the subtle and causal problems of balance, uneven wear, and often results in compounding problems.
Our view is that these aggressive methods of reshaping the pathology are excessive, stressful and unnecessary. Their use can be counter-productive, and can mask the real underlying problems.
Equine dentistry should be precise, safe and controlled through common sense and good horsemanship. Equine dentistry has been around in some capacity for a number of decades; a lot of the tools that were used back in the days of our grandfathers are in many ways being replicated for the same use today, because they have been proven to work. In modern equine dentistry there are different approaches and procedures relative to new technology that have differing effects. Practitioners of equine dentistry either use strictly manual hand floats, power tools or a combination of the two. Natural Balance Dentistry® does not endorse or advocate the use of high speed non-water cooled power instrumentation or grinding mechanisms in the hands of inexperienced and incompetent practitioners due to the adverse risks associated with:
- Overheating of the pulp cavity constituting to the very real possibility of frying the pulp, which will render the tooth in time dead and apt for extraction.
- Excessive removal of the occlusal surface on the molar arcade tables rendering these teeth glassed or smooth which has an adverse effect on the horses ability to masticate its food intake.
- Routine sedation of horses to the point where they have trouble standing and the associated risks and added cost involved in this practice.
- The hanging of the horse's heads from the rafters or portable crushes placing undue stress on the occipital, cranial and caudal region of the neck opening up the very real possibility of injury.
Natural Balance Dentistry® uses a holistic approach to equine dentistry that applies the science of oral bio mechanics to dental procedures.
Custom made, hand instruments that are ergonomically correct for a horse’s mouth are used during the process. This allows you to leave as much clinical crown and table surface on the incisors and molars as possible. The natural angles of the molars are intact and maintained by the use of hand instruments.