Equine Dentistry

Equine Dentistry
Equine Dentistry
Equine Dentistry

Spence balances a draft's teeth using no speculum, halter, or drugs!
When it feels right, the horses will often help get the job done! 

A horse's skull is an intricate puzzle of nerves, muscles, and bone. Everything we do to the teeth has an impact on the horse's neuromuscular balance.

Spence, and all natural balance dentists have a unique way of working with the horses as they balance their teeth. Most horses find it quite relaxing! 

October 16, 2012

Written by Terri Beecher,  Registered Dental Hygienist & Owner of Out West Saddlery,  information provided by and article approved by Spencer LaFlure, EpD.,  DDS Advanced Whole Horse Dentistrywww.advancedwholehorsedentistry.com

*We at Out West Saddlery have worked with Spencer for 14 years and seen the miracles his work has given to many horses!

Equine Neuromuscular Dentistry

Teeth are essentially calcified nerves….

Power floating or aggressive tooth floating can cause the neurological signal to the muscle cells to shut down due to the heat created from the power tools (human dentists always use water to cool their powered instruments) and loss of critical occlusion and balance between the upper and lower jaw  and TMJ joint.  There is no spark from the nerves to the muscle cells telling the muscle cells to consume nutrients from food.  The muscle cells go dormant and atrophy.  No matter how much you feed your horse they can look like they are starving and wasting away.  With enough time and damage done to the teeth they will look sunken in at the withers, along the whole spine, croup, sides of the hips and the sides of the neck.   Sometimes a horse will exhibit signs and symptoms of “wobbles” or “EPM” which is actually from incorrect dental work causing neurological damage to the muscles.   Generally the signs or symptoms of damage show up in the horse’s body between 5 -7 months.

So like a car engine…..you can keep feeding an engine gasoline but if you have no spark from the spark plugs igniting the fuel the car won’t run.

Incorrect bio mechanical balancing of the horse’s teeth with the TMJ joint, simple tooth floating, can manifest as a variety of lameness’s and inability to perform maneuvers asked of them.  If they don’t have a full range of motion in their jaw, they won’t have a full range of movement in their body due to their upper and lower tooth relationship causing them interference.

Curvature of Wilson in the human should not be altered/flattened….inside of lower molars are shorter than the outside/inside of upper molars are longer than the outside.

Curvature of Cameron in the horse should not be altered/flattened…inside of lower molars are longer than the outside/inside of upper molars are shorter than the outside.

Removing either is destructive to the neurological function of the body.

Vibration Therapy - will speed up tooth eruption so there is sufficient tooth structure for an Equine Neuromuscular Dentist to work with to correct dental imbalance after power floating or aggressive styles of equine dentistry that compromise anatomically correct clinical crown.  Vibrate the upper and lower jaw area 3 - 5 minutes 2 - 3 times a day; use something like a shaver or massager.  To acclimate the horse start by putting your fingers on the gum or lip and place the vibrator on the elbow and work towards moving as close to the horse as possible.  On average this takes 3 – 4 months.


To learn more see Spencer LaFlure’s DVD Horseman’s Guide To Natural Balanced Dentistry