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  • Dr David Barthomomuez is brilliant. Yes I am totally biased but it is based on my experience over the last 6 wks with my mare Rivver. Treatment is still on going and I get the pleasure of picking David's brain for lots of horsey info when he does his weekly visit! I am very impressed with the way David handles and treats my mare, he genuinely cares. The girls in the office have also been wonderful to deal with. Keep up the great work team Vevs! - Cindi from Tamborine Village

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  • "Thanks to Dr David for helping my old man feel better... I would recommend this veterinary clinic to anyone, and I wouldn't use any other vet."

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  • "Our family would like to give a big thank you and hug to Dr David, Kelly & all the team at Veresdale Equine Veterinary Services for saving our dog sid from a brown snake bite. Without their caring services I dont think sid would of made it, thanks guys. " - Hurchalla Family

  • "David and his team treat their client’s animals as if they were their own and have helped me and my horses in some very stressful situations over the years, thankfully, always with a excellent outcome!" - Toni from Jimboomba
  • "Thank you so much for the extra good care you took of Lilly ... I’ve always been extremely happy with Dave as our vet, I think he truly does a wonderful job, and you can really see how much he cares.” - Tania Banek

  • "The fact that Dave has been my vet for many years speaks volumes.  Dave has a very nice manner and deals with the horses in a calm and kind way.  He always takes time to explain options and procedures and to advise on what he considers to be the best course of treatment." - Gillian Coote
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  • "David has been my vet now for several years. Over that time with the highs and lows of my veterinary needs, David has always been compassionate, caring and friendly." - Marnie Wilmott

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Equine Odontoclastic Tooth Resorption and Hypercementosis (EOTRH)

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eotrh diagramEOTRH affects a horse's incisors, canines, and also the outside surface of the lower molars (last 3 cheek teeth). It is more likely to be found in horses over 15 years of age. Xrays usually find dental reabsorption occurring concurrently with a bulbous enlargement of aspects of the teeth by radio-opaque masses. A histopathology of the biopsy of these lesions will find an infiltration of the inflammatory cells, fibrosis (scarring) of the gums and ligaments, as well as lysis (cell death due to broken cell membrane) of any adjacent bone, and cemental overgrowth (hyperplasia). The cause of EOTRH is still unknown, and similar dental diseases have been reported in humans and cats.

 

 

Anatomy

A horse's tooth consists of an enamel outer skeleton (very hard but nothing sticks to it so wouldn't stay in the socket); with filling-in by dentine (a little softer so forms the ridges on the chewing/occlusal surface of the tooth); and cementum on the outside of the enamel which gives the grip for the periodontal ligaments in the socket to hold onto. Hypercementosis refers to this cementum layer becoming excessive.

Symptoms

EOTRH may result in:

  • 'cavities' in the side of the tooth
  • excess tartar formation
  • dead or loose teeth
  • painful swellings in the gum or jaw
  • food packing (especially molars)
  • gingival ulceration
  • purulent breath
  • oral pain & reduced jaw mobility

The above may present  as weightloss, feed spilling, quidding, slow to eat, washing feed in trough, undigested feed in faeces. Ridden hortses may chew their bit, resist their bit, and toss their head. 

eotrh_009Diagnoses

Your expert equine dental vet may suspect EOTRH by examining the horse's teeth under sedation with a gag, as part of their annual dental exam. To confirm EOTRH they may reccommend xrays and biopsy, especially in cases that are still in their milder and less obvious stages.

Treatment

At this stage there is no permanent cure of EOTRH because we don't yet know its cause. Upon diagnosis, the aim of treatment is to halt the reabsorption processes and hopefully prevent further damage. Treatment may include rouytine courses of antibiotics, steroid injections into the teeth, as well as extraction of any lossened or badly affected teeth. Remaining teeth may be splintered with acrylic materials to reduce their mobility and associated pain. Sadly the disease will tend to progress regardless of treatment.

Long Term Treatment

Daily flushing with a chlorhexadine solution may delay the disease

Prevention

As there is still no obvious cause, preventing EORTH is difficult. Keeping up your horse's annual dental exam with an experienced vet will help to identify any problems as they arise.

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