Dr Jackson uses a variety of equine dentistry tools to get the best results for your horse. Some of these tools may look a little intimidating, but they’re designed to maximise treatment effectiveness and minimise your horse’s discomfort.
The ‘Powerfloat’ is a battery-powered electric tool specifically
designed to perform equine dentistry and is only sold to veterinarians. It allows a
veterinarian to perform precise corrective and maintenance floating of all dental arcades while causing
less soft tissue damage.
Many owners can be a little hesitant when confronted with the Powerfloat! However, you can be assured that Dr Jackson, as a qualified equine vet and dentist, is properly trained in the anatomy and physiology of the equine mouth and in the correct use of this invaluable tool.
Dr Jackson will often use hand tools as a final touch-up, but believes that power tools in the correct hands allow for a more professional job, particularly where pathology is present.
· Oral Speculum or ‘gag’ - This allows the mouth to be opened for a safe and thorough examination and floating if required. Dr Jackson also has a roll gag which allows access to the incisors if corrective floating is required.
· Intraoral Light Source - This is essential for a thorough examination of the oral cavity and allows much more precise floating.
· Flushing System - Either a hose or a water pressure pump is required to flush and cool the teeth. This allows Dr Jackson to examine the mouth properly and prevents thermal damage to the teeth.
· Dental Mirror and Dental Pick - The mirror allows suspect areas to be examined thoroughly. The dental pick allows rotten food material to be removed from periodontal pockets so they can be thoroughly cleaned and burred if required.
· Extraction tools - Wolf teeth and retained caps (deciduous molars) often need to be extracted as they can interfere with the bit or with the correct descent of the permanent molars. Occasionally permanent teeth will also need to be extracted if they are severely diseased or damaged.
· Disinfectants - It is important to prevent the transmission of infectious agents between horses. As a veterinarian and a horse owner, Dr Jackson understands the importance of biosecurity. Her equipment is soaked in chlorhexidine antiseptic solution during treatment and disinfected between horses.