Mobile Teeth Solution & Splinting
MOBILE TEETH SOLUTION
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 periodontal 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’.
CAUSE OF MOBILE TEETH
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:
- Some of the other factors that can cause this condition include:
- Resorption of Root – This is a term used to describe the natural loss of milk teeth to make way for permanent teeth
- Receding Dental Alveolar Bone – A gum disease that can cause the teeth to lose support and become loose
- Inflammation of Tissues Around a Tooth – Severe tooth decay or gum disease causes an abscess, which destabilizes teeth
- Bruxism or Abnormal Clenching of Teeth – This condition can aggravate the supporting structure around the tooth
- Traumatic Injury to Teeth – An injury can damage the supporting tissues and cause the tooth to shift
Dental splinting, teeth are joined together using a thin fibre reinforced wire thereby increasing their stability. This is a factor which allows them to function normally. This procedure is beneficial because it allows you to save your teeth.
INDICATIONS FOR SPLINTING
The main purposes of splinting are to provide rest where wound healing is in process and permits function where the tissues alone cannot perform adequately. Indications for splinting include
- To maintain periodontally migrated teeth that have been repositioned
- It is usually required in addition to occlusal adjustment in moderate to severe periodontitis when trauma from occlusion is progressive
- Moderate to advanced tooth mobility that cannot be reduced by other means and which has not responded to occlusal adjustment and periodontal therapy and when there is interference with normal function and patient comfort
- In cases where nonsurgical and surgical periodontal procedures are difficult in the absence of tooth stabilization. It facilitates treatment of extremely mobile teeth by splinting them before periodontal instrumentation and occlusal adjustment procedures
- Splinting is used to eliminate movements in the healing area after periodontal surgery since micromovement of the surgical site may inhibit repair to take place in the healing area
- Tooth splinting may be indicated for individual mobile teeth as well as for an entire dentition in cases where extraction and implant therapy is not a viable alternative
- Prevention of teeth drifting after orthodontic treatment or when a tooth is missing
- Prevention of mobility after acute trauma as in subluxation and avulsion. Splinting of traumatized teeth is an important step in the treatment of periodontally injured teeth and a precondition of healing of the periodontal tissues and also listed medicolegal reasons, patient comfort and avoidance of additional trauma during periodontal healing as other reasons for splinting in such situations.