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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2008 Dec;24(3):499-514, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2008.10.001.

Complications of equine oral surgery.

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  • 1Division of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Midlothian, Scotland, EH25 9RG, UK.


The vast majority of equine oral procedures are dental-related and, unless great care is taken, almost all such procedures have the potential to cause marked short- or long-term damage to other oral structures. This review of the more common complications of oral surgery begins at the rostral oral cavity with procedures of the incisors, and then moves caudally to deal with complications related to procedures of wolf teeth and cheek teeth, including salivary duct disruption and dental sinusitis. Finally, complications associated with maxillary and mandibular fractures are discussed.

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