I have recently acquired a one meter endoscope which allows me to better evaluate the source of nasal discharge, or runny noses! This common complaint can often be traced to dental problems that don’t show up on radiographs (x-rays). The endoscope is a valuable tool in helping me to make a more definitive diagnosis.
Digital x-ray is now an integral part of our dental and general practice, allowing me to examine x-rays while the horse is still under sedation. Radiography aids in the identification of periodontal problems and in the evaluation of pulp disease. Using radiography allows me to see an image of the dental hard tissues and bone which helps evaluate whether the tooth is alive or dead. This allows me to make plans for therapeutic extractions or root canal if needed.
Catching dental disease early is important to the health of your horse.