The Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at Cornell’s Equine Hospital offers both routine and advanced dental care for horses. Our team includes Dr. Jennifer Rawlinson, a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College who specializes in equine dentistry, Ms. Meghan Pashow, the lead veterinary technician in the Equine Hospital, and the faculty and staff of the Equine Soft Tissue Surgery Service. The goals of our service include maintenance of a comfortable and functional equine oral cavity, pathology prevention, dental pain alleviation, and restoration of dental health when illness arises.
Horses presenting for both routine oral health checks and advanced dental conditions have complete oral examinations performed utilizing dental diagnostic tools and a rigid endoscope. Identified pathology is thoroughly discussed with the owner and an appropriate treatment plan devised. Power and hand instrumentation is used to reduce sharp enamel points and contour abnormal dental surfaces. Detailed dental radiographic imaging and computed tomography is available for horses with more advanced oral, dental, and sinus pathology. When necessary both intraoral and extraoral extraction techniques are available to remove diseased teeth, and years of experience have refined these techniques to maximize safety. In fact, the majority of dental procedures are performed with horses under standing sedation with regional and local nerve blocks; only a very small number of procedures require general anesthesia. Diagnostics and solutions for complex dental-oral-sinus related illnesses, oral masses, severe dental fractures and malformations, and oronasal fistulas are constructed and treatments performed as a team with the Equine Soft Tissue Service, and jaw fractures are handled in coordination with the Equine Orthopedic Service.
We also frequently partner and consult with other services in the hospital including anesthesiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology to provide the most comprehensive care for your horse.