Dentistry

If horses are your passion, horse dentistry is ours!

Equine dentistry is probably the fastest evolving discipline in equine medicine. Through continuous research, the increase in knowledge for the benefit of horses` oral health is considerable.

Today we know that horses can suffer from severe toothache without this being clear to their owners. In addition to sharp tooth edges and hooks, the horses can also suffer from a variety of sometimes serious diseases in the horse's mouth. Some of these diseases significantly reduce the useful life and even the life expectancy of the horse. Not to mention the pain they are in.

Dr. Tilman Simon has been working intensively on the diseases in the horse's mouth for more than 20 years and has been committed to treating them.

 

As an internationally sought-after speaker and textbook author, he is one of the top specialists in this field of  equine medicine. Dr. Simon and his team of veterinary dental specialists are also available to your horse with their know-how and their highly specialized purpose-built equipment.

Modern treatment methods now go miles beyond the previously usual, rough "rasping" in the horse's mouth. Thanks to excellent instruments adapted to the specific needs of the horse's oral anatomy, Dr. Simon and his team can achieve a complete diagnosis and the best possible treatment for their patients.

This applies to treatments such as simple and surgically demanding extraction methods, dental fillings, root canal treatments, root tip resections, periodontal treatments, maxillary sinus treatments with and without trepanations, endoscopic surgeries and temporo-mandibular joint treatments, to name but a few.

How does a dental treatment work?

As experienced horse veterinarians, we will first make a general veterinary examination of the patient. Here it is necessary to assess the health status of the patient as a whole and to identify any other diseases and, if necessary, to treat them before the teeth are treated.

After the sedation ability is determined, a dosage adapted to the individual is administered. This means that the patient is treated without anxiety and pain by means of very well-tolerated medications.

 

Now a mouth gag is inserted, the oral cavity is gently opened and rinsed with plenty of clean water.

By means of dental probes, special mirrors, and even endoscopes if necessary, each tooth and its surroundings are now examined in detail.

Afterwards, a treatment plan is drawn up and discussed with the owner. Every step of the treatment is explained, transparency towards the horse owner is our highest maxim.

The duration of an equine dental treatment varies greatly depending on the upcoming treatments. As an approximate rule, however, it takes about 45 minutes.

We are prepared for the ambulatory treatment in the stable. In some cases where advanced and complex dental treatmants have to be carried out however, our horse dental centre in Lenggries is available.

 

Patients can be admitted there in hospital like settings and we can treat them in a controlled environment.

What is needed for equine dental treatment?

A dry, in winter also weather-protected place is usually good enough for us. Most of our devices and instruments are battery powered. In exceptional cases, we need a power connection.

In our purpose-built dental trolleys, we carry all necessary equipment with us in the stable. Since the horse is sedated for treatment, a non-slip surface in a quiet corner of the stable would make sense.

In order to keep the head of the sedated patient at working height, it is raised slightly with special lifting devices on ropes. A hook in the ceiling, or a sturdy roof beam for attaching the lifting rope can be found in virtually any horse stable.

Is sedation really necessary for my horse?

Yes.

Sedation, i.e. making the patient fear-free by sedatives, is absolutely necessary for these escape animals.

On the one hand, we want to prevent a breach of trust between horse and human by causing unnecessary fear for the patient. On the other hand, an accurate, uncompromising and complete examination of the oral cavity and its subsequent treatment without sedation are not completely and safely possible without sedation. Remember: Dental treatments on horses don't just mean rasping!

We have set ourselves the best quality treatment for your horse and we cannot and do not want to step back behind these self-imposed quality features.

 

The cost

As veterinarians in Germany, we charge according to the Fee Regulations for Veterinarians, as stipulated in the Federal Law Journal (GOT).

A "standard treatment" (as far as one can generalize the individual horse at all) including the general examination and sedation is usually between 150.- and 180.-€. In addition to the travel costs, which depend on the patients treated in your stable and the tour driven.

 

Contact us and don't be afraid to address the issue of costs!

 

How can I learn more about modern equine dentistry?

Buy our book!

We regularly give lectures and courses in equine dentistry, among others in cooperation with the Bavarian Riding and Driving Association. We also have numerous publications on the subject both in the veterinary press and in equestrian magazines. If you are interested, we can hold an interesting course or a lecture event on the topic in your association. Contact us!

How to fix an appointment:

Contact Dr Simon directly:

By cell phone: 0049 178 8886651

By Email: herold.simon@t-online.de

For our patients we go anywhere!