Broken Cheek Teeth In Horses

All Sizes Of Tooth Fractures Are Common

As a horse dentist, I commonly find broken teeth while doing an equine dental exam. They are usually incidental findings. On occasion, a small chip hangs at the gum attachment and irritates the opposing cheek, creating pain and a training issue. On the other hand, I have found horses with a tooth split down the middle like you would split a log for the fireplace. And these horses display no indication that there is something wrong. Either way, the fracture site is a source of impacted feed and local infection and an area with razor-sharp edges. Removing the piece often requires pain medication by a veterinarian.