Removal of 11 Incompletely Erupted, Impacted Cheek Teeth in 10 Horses using a Dental Alveolar Transcortical Osteotomy and Buccotomy Approach
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
© Copyright 2010 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 39, Issue 7, pages 884–890, October 2010
How to Cite
Tremaine, W. H. and McCluskie, L. K. (2010), Removal of 11 Incompletely Erupted, Impacted Cheek Teeth in 10 Horses using a Dental Alveolar Transcortical Osteotomy and Buccotomy Approach. Veterinary Surgery, 39: 884–890. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2010.00724.x
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
- Submitted August 2009Accepted October 2009
Objective: To describe surgical technique and outcome in 10 horses with impacted cheek teeth that were removed by a transcortical osteotomy and buccotomy technique.
Study Design: Case series.
Animals: Horses (n=10) with impacted cheek teeth.
Methods: Medical records (2002–2008) of horses with impacted cheek teeth requiring removal were reviewed; surgical technique and outcome were determined.
Results: Exodontia of 11 cheek teeth was performed surgically in 10 horses; 3 horses had complications (residual swelling of the mandible) that resolved and all horses returned to their previous use.
Conclusions: Transcortical buccotomy technique is effective for removal of incompletely erupted impacted cheek teeth in horses and has a good long-term prognosis for remission of clinical signs.
Clinical Relevance: Transcortical buccotomy approach is an effective technique for removal of unerupted impacted equine cheek teeth.