Molar Tooth Removal In A Horse - Molar fracture and infection, tooth root abscess
This horse was restrained in our stocks and sedated. It had two loose infected molars causing eating difficulties. The teeth were removed in pieces with the horse standing using our molar forceps. Generally molars are removed in there entirety and in young horses with very large roots this can take several hours, over several days, to achieve. The jaws of the dental forceps are anchored to the clinical crown and the handles are taped with duct tape to ensure the jaws don't come loose. The forceps are then gently wiggled in a side to side horizontal plane for upto several hours if the root is long. In this horse, because the teeth were loose due to dental decay then they were removed relatively quickly. Radiographs were taken after removal to ensure all the tooth root fragments had been removed otherwise they can cause a focus for ongoing infection. The video illustrates how food material can impact into areas of infundibular decay, moving upwards, thus pushing the tooth apart. In some horses this can lead to secondary sinusitis.