Abscessed cheek teeth are quite common in middle aged horses, but can occur in horses of any age. The most common observations commonly associated with it are swelling of the face or jaw and drainage of pus (draining tracts) from somewhere on the face or jaw.
Bacterial infection can track up the tooth in a variety of ways. If one of the rear upper molars (cheek teeth) is affected, infection of the sinuses may develop, which appears as one-sided, usually smelly nasal discharge.
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Prognosis & Relevant Factors
Prognosis depends on a variety of factors including your horse's age and general health, as well as the severity and duration of the problem.
Special considerations include whether the sinuses are involved, the amount of bone involved, and the effectiveness of surgical treatment.
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