Splinting is a technique used to stabilize teeth which have become loose as a result of losing the supporting bone around them to gum disease. Excessive mobility can cause discomfort when biting and eating. We will tell you if your teeth are mobile enough to require splinting. A fibre ribbon splint is usually used, which is tooth coloured and very comfortable.
How Adult Teeth Become Loose
Following are the common reasons why teeth can become loose;Loss of attachment which leads to ligament damage:
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Heavy bite force
- Gum disease
- or a combination.
Benefits of Periodontal Splinting
There are many practical and aesthetic benefits of periodontal splinting. To start off, adding splints to loose teeth helps to prevent or delay tooth loss indefinitely. At the same time, splints help to remove unnecessary stress surrounding the teeth.Stabilizing the teeth allows your bite mechanism to work more efficiently by evenly spreading the bite pressure. The splints also prevent more complications, such as bite collapse, from developing.
Before deciding the best treatment options to pursue loose teeth, consider the long-term outlook. Temporary splinting will allow you to buy some time. However, the teeth may have to be removed and replaced if your periodontal structure has suffered severe damages.
Anderson Lake Dental offers a variety of dental services that can help to avoid periodontal complications in the future. Get in touch with us to find out how to improve your oral health.