The ultimate goal of successful management of mobile teeth is to restore function and comfort by establishing a stable occlusion that promotes tooth retention and maintenance of periodontal health.
Splinting is a method by which we can immobilize the teeth. Tooth splinting may be indicated for individual mobile teeth as well as for an entire dentition in more extreme situations where extraction and implant therapy is not a vital alternative.
INDICATION FOR SPLINTING :
- Where a patient presents with multiple teeth that have become mobile as a direct result of gradual alveolar (tooth supporting) bone loss.
- When a patient presents with increased tooth mobility accompanied by pain or discomfort in the affected tooth.
- Splinting may be a way to gain stability reduce or eliminate the mobility and relieve the pain and discomfort.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR SPLINTING :
- if occlusal stability and optimal condition of tooth supporting structures can not be obtained.
Splinting is best viewed as a preventive treatment measure for teeth that have minimal or no bone loss, yet are clinically mobile. Splinting affords no guarantee that occlusal stress can be completely eliminated.