PERIODONTAL SPLINTING (WEAK TEETH)
Periodontal splinting is a process by which loose teeth are stabilized by splinting them to adjoining teeth, much in the same way a sprained or broken finger will be splinted to one of the fingers next to it in order to be held secure and heal properly. The periodontal splint is typically made of fibrous composite material and can be very effective at holding teeth in place and saving them from extraction. A periodontal splint can be affixed to your teeth in your dentist’s office and typically does not require anesthesia.
The Periodontal Splinting Process
Teeth can become loose due to a loss of surrounding gum tissue. When this is the case, periodontal splinting should be utilized as a part of a broader periodontal treatment therapy, as decaying gums leave space not only for tooth movement but also for bacteria and microorganisms to infect your gums and teeth. Other common causes of loose teeth are injury, misalignment, or orthodontic adjustment.
The most common location for a periodontal splint is on the front lower teeth. These front teeth are typically the first to become loose when gum loss is to blame. When placing the splint, your dentist will use a fibrous composite material laced along the back of any loose teeth and the adjoining stable teeth, thereby stabilizing the loose teeth and preventing future discomfort. A periodontal splint also helps stay any need to extract the loose teeth.
If you have a loose tooth, biting into anything can be a frightening experience. No one likes the feel of their teeth pulling away from their gums, and thankfully this sensation can be banished with the simple process of periodontal splinting. This process has gained much popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness at protecting week teeth and improving dental comfort. And because the splint is attached to the back of your teeth, there’s no need to worry about unsightly orthodontia blocking out your smile.