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Performance Bite Equilibration & Alignment

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Blind Wolf Teeth


DEFINITION - Wolf tooth that does not break through gums.

Causes - 
Can come in at an angle anywhere in upper and lower arcades.Sometimes the angle of the tooth does not allow it to penetrate gums.

RESULTING PROBLEMS -
Can cause severe riding/bit problems, as it is in a location that the bit contacts. Often missed due to being buried under gums.

SOLUTION - 
Remove the wolf tooth and alveolar socket.

Wolf Teeth


DEFINITION - Come in a multitude of shapes and sizes, most commonly found in front of the upper premolars. However, they can be found in the lower jaw, roof of the mouth and can have multiples of 1 to 6. Wolf teeth appear in both male and female horses and can have deciduous caps.

Causes -  A natural  occurrence in the majority of horses.

RESULTING PROBLEMS - Bit may contact tooth causing severe pain and discomfort. Can fracture or become loose.

SOLUTION - Wolf teeth should be removed before horse is bitted to prevent discomfort which can create bad habits. ALL WOLF TEETH SHOULD BE REMOVED FULLY AND PROPERLY! If during removal the practitioner should break the tooth, it is imperative that the root be removed as a live nerve attached to that root will continue to cause major discomfort to the horse when bitted. This discomfort can cause violent reactions which can be a danger to the rider.