periodontal splint

A periodontal splint is designed to immobilize or stabilize the affected teeth by connecting them to neighboring stable teeth. The splint helps distribute the forces of biting and chewing more evenly, reducing the strain on the affected teeth and promoting the healing of the supporting structures.

What is Periodontal Splinting?

Periodontal splinting is used to stabilize and reinforce loose or mobile teeth. Splints can either be temporary or permanent.We’ll bond extra-coronal splints to the enamel during the procedure, temporarily splinting your teeth. We may also use intra-coronal splints, which involve cutting a small channel into the teeth to insert and cement a custom metal splint. In permanent splinting, the crowns of the affected teeth are fused.

When is a Periodontal Splint Necessary?

Trauma or Injury: Teeth may become loose or displaced due to trauma or injury to the mouth. A periodontal splint can help stabilize the affected teeth during the healing process.

Advanced Periodontal Disease: Severe periodontitis, which is an advanced stage of gum disease, can lead to the loss of supporting bone around teeth. As a result, teeth may become mobile. Periodontal splints can be used to provide support and stability to these teeth.

Tooth Mobility: Excessive tooth mobility, whether caused by periodontal disease, occlusal (bite) problems, or other factors, may warrant the use of a splint to help stabilize the teeth.

Post-Surgical Support: After certain dental procedures, such as bone grafting or implant placement, a periodontal splint may be used to support adjacent teeth and aid in the healing process.

Orthodontic Treatment: In some cases, a periodontal splint may be used as part of orthodontic treatment to stabilize teeth in their new positions.

Bridge Support: Periodontal splints can also be used to provide additional support to a dental bridge by stabilizing the anchor teeth.

How Long Does it Last?

Dental bridges help restore the ability to chew and speak properly by filling in the gap left by missing teeth. This can improve overall oral function and make it easier to eat a variety of foods.

Improved Speech

The duration of periodontal splinting depends on various factors, including the underlying cause of tooth mobility and the success of the treatment. In many cases, splinting is a temporary measure to allow healing and stabilization of the teeth. Our dentist will monitor your progress and determine the appropriate time for removing the splint.