A mobile tooth generally results from loss of anchorage to the gum and increased strain on the teeth
Loose teeth are uncomfortable, especially when you try to eat food or chew gum. Splinting teeth to each other allows weakened or loose teeth to gain support from neighboring ones. When used to connect periodontally compromised teeth, splinting can increase patient comfort during chewing.
At FMS, our periodontist are well versed and highly-experienced at Dental Splinting. Mobile teeth can be supported by splints for the period of time needed to give the natural tissues an opportunity to heal and regain their strength.
Splinting is a procedure where a group of teeth is bound together so the load of biting, chewing, etc. can be evenly distributed, till the affected teeth can strengthen at the base and support themselves.
With reduced mobility, the stabilized tooth gets a chance to recover, so you get much-needed relief from pain and discomfort. However, this will not treat any gum disease (which would’ve caused the teeth to become loose in the first place). Maintaining a high level of oral hygiene is advised.
A mobile tooth generally results from loss of anchorage to the gum and increased strain on the teeth.
Some of the other factors that can cause this condition include:
It compromises plaque control by making oral hygiene access difficult therefore enhanced measures for oral hygiene after splinting is essential for the improved longevity, your periodontist at FMS will guide you by instructing you methods to maintain a good oral hygiene.
Fiber splint is a bundle of pre-impregnated unidirectional glass fibres allowing us to reliably splint teeth. This offers a long lasting, minimally invasive and a comfortable solution for periodontally compromised patients.
The aesthetic glass fibre is hidden behind the teeth and is bonded to teeth using aesthetic resin (after a shade match). This fibre splint is not visible therefore providing excellent aesthetics. This is a very technique sensitive procedure which can allow us to carefully reposition mobile teeth (close any spaces that may have recently opened up) and splint them together. By splinting the teeth, the adjacent teeth are used for anchorage creating one solid unit and reducing/eliminated any mobility. Furthermore, an added bonus is if the tooth does require extraction in the future, the root can be sectioned off (amputated) leaving the patients natural crown in the splint (aesthetically the most natural bridge as the patient’s own tooth is used).
Once the splinting is done, it’ll need a bit of preventive maintenance, which our periodontist at FMS will guide you through.
The most important is additional care while you brush, for which our dentists recommend using a proxy brush that cleans between the teeth like floss, so it doesn’t penetrate or dislodge the splint.
A follow-up dental visit will be required every three to six months, just till your mobile tooth is completely immobile again!
Depending on the intended goal of therapy, splints may be classified as temporary and permanent.
The rationale for splinting which are mainly for protection of tissue, restoration of physiologic occlusion, distribution of force, ensuring functional comfort during mastication are listed below.
Even if your teeth are clean, spotless and look to be in good shape, there could still be some underlying problems. If your teeth seem loose or you have problems chewing, it’s possible that the ligaments anchoring the teeth are loose or inflamed. This can cause an affected tooth to work its way loose and start shifting, which is called a ‘mobile tooth’.
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