One of the effects of periodontal disease is the gradual loosening of the teeth as the surrounding gum and bone tissue become compromised. One solution for this is periodontal splinting, where the teeth can be splinted or joined together to evenly distribute bite pressure.
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?
Tooth Mobility due to Gum Disease: When gum disease progresses to an advanced stage, it can cause gum recession, bone loss, and tooth mobility. Splinting is recommended to stabilize the loose teeth and prevent further damage.
Trauma or Injury: Accidents or trauma to the mouth can result in tooth displacement or mobility. Splinting helps reposition and stabilize the affected teeth, allowing for proper healing and restoration of function.
Bruxism or Teeth Grinding: Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) puts excessive force on the teeth, causing them to become loose. Splinting can help redistribute the forces and protect the teeth from further damage.
Following Dental Implant Placement: After the placement of dental implants, splinting may be necessary to provide additional stability during the healing phase.
How Long Does it Last?
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.
Have Questions About a Periodontal Splint in Concord, NC?
If you’re struggling with painful, loose teeth, set up an appointment at Zsambeky, Chaney, & Associates. Our professionals can examine your teeth and determine whether you are a good candidate for periodontal splinting.