As your bone and gum tissues deteriorate due to periodontal disease, heavy bite stress or other factors, your teeth weaken and become loose, increasing their risk of falling out or needing to be extracted. When this occurs, our dentists may recommend periodontal splinting to stabilize and support your teeth and improve your oral function.
Periodontal splints are usually made of a stabilizing wire or fiber-reinforced ribbon, which is similar in appearance to the wires used for fixed orthodontic retainers. Our dentists will drill small slots into the affected teeth, insert the wire into the slots and bond it in place. Composite material is often used in the bonding process to provide you with a more natural appearance. This splint links the teeth together, causing them to rely on their collective strength and providing stability for all the teeth connected by the wire. Periodontal splinting reduces the stress placed on your remaining gum tissue and allows you to continue enjoying your natural teeth.
If you have noticed a negative change in your smile, we encourage you to contact our team so that we can provide you with restorative treatment as soon as possible. To learn more about how periodontal splitting can benefit you or schedule your consultation with our dentists, please contact our office today.