Having a wobbly or loose tooth as an adult is something to take seriously. Whether it’s due to gum disease or an injury to your mouth and gums, a loose tooth is normally a strong indicator your tooth may fall out or need to be professionally extracted. As adults, you only have one set of natural teeth, and it’s best to try and keep as many of them as possible.
If you currently have a loose or wobbly tooth, your oral surgeon may recommend a periodontal splinting procedure as a means of saving it. The simple procedure will tether the loose tooth to a neighboring tooth or teeth to stabilize it. Periodontal splints are a great way to strengthen your teeth and save the natural function and bite. If you believe you are a good candidate for periodontal splinting, a qualified surgeon at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group can help consult and examine you.
What Is Periodontal Splinting?
Teeth can become dislodged and loose for a multitude of reasons, including gum disease or a traumatic injury. Gum diseases, like periodontitis, can infect the gums and weaken the bones, depriving your teeth of a solid foundation. Similarly, accidents or injury to the mouth or gums can disrupt the usual shape of your tooth’s foundation, meaning it will need time to heal.
Periodontal splinting is the process of grouping your teeth together to form a solid mass. This takes some of the pressure off of weakened or loosened teeth and gives their foundation time to heal. This is done by using a thin fiber-reinforced wire.
It is important to note that periodontal splinting does not heal your gums on its own. If you are currently dealing with a gum disease or infection, it is vital you get treatment for that as soon as possible, or your splint will not be successful.
Benefits of Periodontal Splinting
There are many benefits to receiving a periodontal splint, including:
- Promotes healing: While your teeth are splinted together, your gums and bone can begin the healing process. Of course, this will include any other necessary procedures.
- Prevents extraction or implant: By tethering the teeth together, you are giving yourself the best chance of not having to have your tooth extracted. This saves you the time and money of getting a dental implant.
- Cost-effective: Periodontal splinting is a fairly quick, painless, and cost-effective procedure.
- Maintains natural function: When it comes time to remove the splint, your teeth should have been restored to their natural functionality, meaning you can bite, chew, and speak as normal.
The length of time you have your periodontal splint depends on the severity of your case. Commonly, you can wear it for up to two weeks before removal. During this time period, it is important to take extra precautions when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your teeth. The splint makes it easier for food debris to gather and for cavities to form. Your oral surgeon will provide you with a maintenance plan to help prevent any of this from occurring.
Considering Periodontal Splinting? Consult a Qualified Oral Surgeon Now
When it comes to preserving the natural function of your teeth and preventing tooth loss, look no further than the state-of-the-art offerings from Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group. Our surgeons have been specially trained in the art of minimally-invasive procedures and restorative dentistry. If periodontal splinting isn’t the best option for you, we are here to help find what works.
Our people-first approach to restorative and cosmetic oral surgery means you will have the support of the full team from the beginning examination to the final procedure. Let us start helping you out today by scheduling a consultation through our contact form or by calling (908) 663-5309.