Splinting of loose teeth
Splinting is joining of two or more teeth with a prosthesis or device to make it firm.
Periodontal splinting is done to stop the teeth from loosening, so as to provide rest to the teeth and also so that forces acting on the teeth are equally redistributed.
There are several reasons ranging from trauma, abnormal biting habits, underlying tumors or cysts etc. However, the main cause is due to loss of supporting alveolar bone which holds the teeth in position (Lost due to periodontal disease).
No. Splinting is done using composite resins, fibers or metallic wires that are used to bond the loose teeth with adjacent firm teeth.
You should be extra careful to maintain oral hygiene as the prosthesis in your mouth might pose a challenge in that regard. You also need to modify your eating habits and avoid extremely hard or sticky foods.
Rarely. Some splints are placed temporarily for few days, to provide rest and healing time for the damaged tooth. Some splints are given for an extended period of time depending on the periodontal condition.
No. Modern splints are less invasive. They are bonded to the tooth with composite resins. Some splints may require a bit of trimming the tooth.
Last updated on 10 December, 2018.