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Periodontal Splinting for Weak Teeth: What Is It?

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Weakened teeth can become loose in your gums and can often be a sign of bone loss or another underlying condition. If left untreated, it is likely your condition will only continue to deteriorate, and your loose teeth run the risk of rotting or needing to be professionally extracted and replaced. 

If you have noticed your teeth shifting, feeling loose, or showing signs of weakening, it is important to schedule an examination with a knowledgeable oral surgeon as soon as possible. The highly-qualified team at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group can help identify the underlying cause of your weakened teeth and begin treatments immediately. For weak teeth specifically, periodontal splinting is found to be an effective method of anchoring your loose teeth together to create stability. 

Understanding Weak or Loose Teeth

There are many different reasons why your teeth may have become loosened or weak. Warning signs can include discomfort when you bite down, noticeable gum recession, and sensitivity to cold foods and drinks. There are two primary causes your oral surgeon can help you identify, including the following: 

  • Occlusal trauma: Occlusal trauma refers to the injury of your periodontal structure. This can be caused by the habitual grinding of your teeth at night, excessive clenching of your jaw, or facial trauma. 
  • Periodontal disease: Gum disease occurs when the bacteria on your teeth (plaque) goes undisturbed by regular brushing and flossing. This allows the plaque to harden into tartar and collect in the pockets of your gums, causing recession, bone loss, and tooth rot. 

In order to understand how to best treat your weak teeth, your oral surgeon will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth and devise a unique plan of action from there. 

How Periodontal Splinting Can Help

Periodontal splinting is one of the most common and effective ways to help treat loosened or weak teeth. The splint joins two or more teeth together in order to help distribute the force and pressure of regular function amongst the group. The material is often composed of a thin fiber-reinforced wire. This helps your teeth regain their strength and not continue to loosen as you bite and chew. 

It is important to note that periodontal splints will not treat the underlying cause of your weak teeth and will often be used in conjunction with other methods of treatment. For example, if you are currently battling gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis, your oral surgeon will also perform procedures to help rid your mouth of the tartar buildup and provide your teeth with a healthy, solid foundation. This can include professional cleanings, bone grafts, and the scaling of your gums. Periodontal splinting gives your teeth the extra support they need while the rest of your mouth is worked on and allowed to heal. 

The duration of your periodontal splint will depend on the severity of your condition and how many teeth have been affected. It can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Practicing quality dental care can help ensure your splint is effective and your results are long-lasting.

Experiencing Loose Teeth? Speak to a Qualified Dental Expert Today

Weak teeth require fast action, and Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group is here to help. Dr. Nancy Herbst and the team of knowledgeable and compassionate oral surgeons have been trained in the art of minimally invasive surgical techniques and are equipped to provide a painless, cost-effective, and seamless experience. Let us treat your teeth and give you a smile you are proud to show off. 

To begin the process today with a thorough examination and consultation, please call our office at (908) 663-5309 or use our online contact form.