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Equine Dentistry: Periodontal Probing of Molariform Teeth
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Periodontitis is a relatively common problem in horses, but still the knowledge of the

disease’s pathophysiology is very limited. Also the understanding of the healthy state of

the horse’s periodontal tissues is restricted. The decision-making in the equine (from Latin:

equinus; of or pertaining to horse) oral care would be facilitated if there was a solid ground

of evidence based information to rest upon.

This study aimed to determine the normal range of periodontal probing depth for

periodontal healthy equine molariform teeth. 42 horses were candidates for the periodontal

probing. Periodotal measurement (pocket depth: PD) were recorded for the third premolar

in a quadrant fulfilling the inclusion criteria. Ten measurement points were recorded per

tooth of buccal and lingual gingiva. PD at the measure points most approximately placed

were in general the greatest, (mean measurements from 2.8 mm to 3.0 mm). PD at the

measure points near the buccal or lingual side were more shallow (mean probing depth of

1.1 mm to 1.3 mm). Presently, there are no specific criteria of the accepted range of

probing depth in classification of periodontal health or disease in horses. Instead the

criteria used in small animals were amplified to assumably fit the horse’s size. The findings

of this study point to a more shallow probing depth in the healthy periodontium of horse

than earlier presumed. Since there are similarities in the healthy periodontal status of both

horse and man, and a multidisciplinary collaboration between veterinarians and dentists

would greatly benefit the future development in equine dentistry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-131254OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-131254DiVA: diva2:1073148
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VLL
Educational program
Dentistry Programme
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Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2017-02-09 Last updated: 2017-02-09Bibliographically approved

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