Broken Horse Teeth

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All Sizes Of Tooth Fractures Are Common

As a horse dentist, I commonly find broken teeth while doing an equine dental exam. They are usually incidental findings. On occasion though, a small chip hangs at the gum attachment and irritates the opposing cheek creating pain and a training issue. On the other hand, I have found horses with the tooth split down the middle like you would split a log for the fire place. And these horses display no indication that there is something wrong. Either way, the fracture site is a source of impacted feed and local infection as well as an area with razor sharp edges. Removing the piece often requires pain medication by a veterinarian.

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