Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment

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Excessive Transverse Ridges (ETR)


DEFINITION - Enlarged ridges that run across chewing surfaces of molars.

Causes - Can result from a shift in jaw alignment. Forms from a harder area in one tooth overpowering and wearing into a soft area in an opposing tooth. Also can occur if horse is not chewing in proper sideways motion.

RESULTING PROBLEMS - Interfere with normal chewing and jaw motion front to back. Cause excessive wear to opposing molars. Can result in severe periodontal disease and diastema.

SOLUTION - Reduce enlarged ridges to allow opposing teeth to recover and allow the horse to chew correctly. Then will improve on its own when existing malocclusions are corrected.