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Splinting

Stabilization of loose teeth by splinting

Gingivitis may loosen the affected teeth.
In most of the cases the lower incisors loosen first, and then may follow the others.
In some advanced cases unfortunately there is no other option for the severely loose teeth than
to remove them and to fill the gap with some kind of replacement or implant.

Mechanotherapy can be applied in case of milder instability; the teeth will be fixed to each
other. This procedure is called splinting. The teeth are splinted to each other.
Loose teeth may disturb biting, chewing and have an unfavourable aesthetic appearance.
Loose teeth are vulnerable, they can fall out at any time; missing teeth can cause a severe
discomfort.

The teeth can be fixed to each other with splinting; the individually loose teeth make a stable
unit together. Splinting can be made with composite filling - the teeth will be bonded to each
other; or with bridge - crowns will be placed onto the loose teeth and they will form a unit.
Tooth coloured textile-like special adhesive tape is placed on the lingual surface of the teeth,
then a liquid, creamlike substance, similar to filling material will be applied on the tape
surface. The white substance will be cured by photopolymer light. Thanks to the splinting loose
teeth can remain in the mouth, their removal will be delayed.

The splint surface must be smooth, to prevent plaque deposits and to allow tooth cleaning.
Without splinting loose teeth cause discomfort while eating; they won’t remain in the mouth for
long term.

Thanks to the splinting, extraction, grinding and crowns can be avoided; the stabilitiy can be
improved without invasive procedure.

The lingual areas of the teeth are to be etched, there is some minimal preparatory work, and
then the splinting will be made with a special strong tape and aesthetic filling material.