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Dentistry Services:

Equine oral exams

1.  Preventative dental floating and equilibration

2.  Corrective of wave mouth, step mouth, shear mouth, hooks, ramps, and sharp enamel points

3.  EOTRH treatment and extraction

4.  Intra-oral extraction

5.  Standing minimally invasive surgery

6.  Equine sinusitis treatments

7.  Oral endoscopy to evaluate caries, periodontal disease, fractures and oral trauma

How often do my horse's teeth need to be floated?

This is another example that EVERY horse is an individual and there is no set time for a float or check-up.  On average, a horse between the ages of 2-5 years of age tend to require 1-2 examinations a year. Once an adult, the horse typically will require once yearly examinations.  Aged horses will require 1-2 examinations a year, but don't always require work.  

What is the difference between floating and equilibration? 

Floating refers strictly to removing the sharp enamel points that are developed on the sides of the teeth as a result of eruption and tooth morphology.  Equilibration is the process of ensuring that all teeth are in contact and bear equal pressures while grinding.  This allows for long term health, functional chewing ability, and may improve performance.  

Does my horse have to be sedated to have his teeth floated and equilibrated?

To perform the best dental exam and equilibration, sedation is required.  Many individuals who are comfortable with horses and practice can remove sharp enamel points (floating) without sedation, but that is significantly different than actually balancing the mouth so that all teeth have equal wear.  To properly equilibrate or balance a horse's mouth, they generally need to be sedated.    

What are the pros and cons of power-floats vs. hand floats?

Floating refers to rasping off the sharp enamel points on the sides of the teeth.  This is certainly beneficial but there is more to equine dentistry.  A young adult horse will have approximately 2.5 -3 inches of tooth and will be worn at an average rate of a few millimeters a year.  The goal of dentistry is to ensure that all teeth are wearing evenly and with the same amount of pressure.  This process will allow the teeth to remain in wear and allow the horse to live longer.  Power dentistry enables the practitioner to perform improved dentistry with less stress on the horse and you as the owner.  

We have two motorized pieces of equipment.  One is from Powerfloat and the other is a new dental drill from Horse Dental Equipement.  

Equine dentistry is an essential part of preventative health care. Performing a physical examination followed by sedation and a thorough oral examination will help to create the environment for proper dental procedures.  Dental equilibration and floating, with a combination of motorized and traditional dentistry techniques are provided to practice the highest quality medicine. Advanced dentistry services that can be provided include extractions and the treatment of periodontal disease.  


Broken PreMolar Extracted             Wavemouth                    Canine Tooth Tartar

Exclusive Offer

We our proud to introduce our new veterinarian Caitlin Cosentino!  Dr. Cosentino will begin seeing appointments on October 1 for routine examinations, emergencies, and she has a keen interest in ophthalmology. Please welcome her to our South Mountain Equine Family. 

Please call us at 240-818-5971 or 240-356-3355 (office) or send us an email office@southmountainequine.com

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I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for finally giving me some answers regarding Denver's lameness.
Since March/April 2015 until now (December 2015), we have been getting mixed diagnosis as to why he would be off, but you came and gave us hope. More importantly, I want to THANK YOU for your patience and amazing 'bedside' manner. Not only did you provide me with solid information and demonstration of compression, and how his conformation defect was affecting his way of going, but you were meticulous in your explanation of the benefits of acupuncture for Denver. You explained everything in such a way, that I would be able to not only understand but remember, and then be able to explain it to all those at our barn who were genuinely concerned about how he's doing or how the Vet visit went. You made me feel very much at ease, like my opinion as his owner mattered, as you would say, "That's good information. Thank You for that" Now, that's a first; the VET Thanking me!! Never once did you make it seem like my questions were irrelevant. You gave us your undivided attention as if we were your only clients that day, and I know we were not because Jessica reminded/alerted you of the time, but you never flinched, never took your eyes off of me as you were explaining everything you did with Denver, and never once appeared rushed. The whole experience of your visit left me committing to making you our Vet of choice. Denver means a lot to me, and the way you treated him, made me think he was more than just a client/horse to you. I can't THANK YOU enough Dr. Sobota!
Ps. By the way, Jessica is an Awesome assistant, and Danielle is Grrr8!!

Angel & Denver
Middletown, MD

Dr. Justin and his staff have been our vets for several years now. He has done everything from pre-purchase exams and lameness evaluations to dentals. Each and every time, he and his staff are timely, knowledgeable, and considerate. Their passion for the horses as well as consideration of the owners and barn management is unmatched.

Katie Petronelli 
Shades of Bay, Waterford, VA

Finally, after looking for years, we found a farm vet with the sophistication and feel for lameness of the vets at the big national-caiber ship-in clinics and equine hospitals. Dr. Justin (Sobota) has great instincts and is well versed in the cutting-edge aspects of equine veterinary medicine, as well as a host of alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. He asks important questions of and listens well to those who know the horse best, always offers a range of therapeutic options, and thoroughly explains his expectations for treatment results. Perhaps most refreshing, however, is how friendly, helpful and accommodating Dr. Justin and his staff are. We feel lucky to have Dr. Justin as an important part of the Finer Points Farm family.

Michael Friedman | Owner/Trainer | Finer Points Farm 
Mt. Airy, MD

Dr. Justin Sobota, and his team at South Mountain Equine, are highly skilled, professional, courteous, and helpful. Dr. Sobota has managed our mare in several very difficult clinical situations where diagnosis and treatment were not immediately obvious. He worked diligently to find the source of the problem, spending whatever time necessary with the horse and listening patiently to her owners, until the diagnosis was clear and treatment in place. This is the first practice I’ve dealt with that followed up until the problem was resolved. The follow up extends to routine visits, such as vaccines, as well. South Mountain and Dr. Sobota are always quick to respond to emergency or routine concerns. This level of skill and caring provides a level of support for an owner that results in peace of mind.

Cindy M.
Middletown, MD

Dr. Justin Sobota and South Mountain Equine offer horse owners peace of mind. They are easily accessible to reach for concerns and always willing to talk with owners. Dr. Sobota and his staff are knowledgeable and caring, including their efforts when it comes to follow-up care. After a recent surgical procedure, Dr. Sobota checked in everyday for the first week and still checks in weekly. I would recommend South Mountain Equine to any horse owner.

Kathy Andersen | Owner of Pogue Mahone Farm 
Middletown, MD

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