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Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment

Stepped Molars

DEFINITION - Molar arcade develops  stepped-like appearance.

Causes - Often occurs due to a missing tooth allowing the opposing tooth to grow into the void. Can occur from extreme uneven wear. May occur when deciduous cap or baby tooth is retained too long delaying normal growth of permanent tooth and allowing opposing tooth to grow excessively long.

RESULTING PROBLEMS - Prevents or blocks the horse from being able to chew freely resulting in uneven and improper wear to molars and incisors. Facial swelling and infection may occur.

SOLUTION - Reduce high molar to allow freedom to chew correctly. Requires maintenance to prevent unopposed tooth from growing into space.