Equine dentistry is a very important part of your horses overall health and well being. Many problems  such as choke and colic can be attributed to a horses teeth. Horses with proper dental care often are more fit, live much longer lives and are generally more healthy.

A veterinarian is the most qualified person to perform equine dentistry. Dr. Atherton uses new age sedation, special veterinary dental equipment, nerve blocks and pain relief. Dr. Atherton feels that pain control is a very important part in equine medicine & dentistry. He will give each patient the attention it deserves. Dr. Atherton prefers to lightly sedate his patients and all dental floating is done by hand without power tools.


              Laws pertaining to equine dental care vary among states.

- An amendment is pending in Oklahoma to change a law that makes practicing dentistry without a veterinary license a felony.

- In Texas, only veterinarians can perform dental procedures. It is punishable for lay dentists to do so, but it’s not a felony.

- Equine dentists must have a veterinarian on-site in Arizona, Alabama, California and South Carolina.


According to a revised 2009 position paper by the American Assn. of Equine Practitioners, “The practice of equine dentistry is an integral branch of equine veterinary medicine. This discipline encompasses all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis of any and all equine dental conditions and diseases that affect the oral cavity, mandible and maxilla, teeth and associated structures. As such, it falls within the purview of veterinary medicine.”

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