The common procedures used in dentistry are described in this chapter, but one of the important points, which is repeated throughout the text is that they cannot be prescriptive.
Dental treatments must always be considered on a case by case basis with many factors considered and always with a detailed knowledge of the correct anatomy. Donkeys should never be left suffering pain or with trauma that will affect their appetite and welfare.
Historically, it was deemed unnecessary to perform anything other than reduction of buccal and lingual enamel points in non-ridden equids. However, good health and welfare is dependent on effective prophylaxis, and high quality, thorough equilibration is essential in all equids regardless of occupation or perceived worth.