What is splinting?
A splint is a piece of medical equipment used to keep a body part in its place if it has been injured or moved from its actual position. This is to protect the body part from any further damage.
Splinting is a technique used to stabilize the teeth that have become too loose and move when you chew food. Excessive mobility of teeth is a desperate cry for help and needs to be tackled immediately. This is where splinting comes in.
Why do you need splinting?
- Presence of deep periodontal pockets in your mouth due to lack of proper teeth and gum care
- Increased tartar and plaque buildup
- Loose gums or teeth
Types of splints? Earlier, rigid splints were used, but with time flexible splints have become the preferred choice. While the type of splint and the splinting duration have not been generally shown to affect healing outcomes, dentists usually support the use of flexible splints whenever possible. This has often been achieved with the use of composite resin or orthodontic brackets and light wire. A fiber ribbon splint is usually used, which is tooth-colored and very comfortable.
What to do after?
- If you undergo splinting, avoid biting hard or chewing quickly. You will need to rely on softer food items and easily chewable diet foods.
- Going on a semi-liquid diet is also an option.
- Teeth and gum care should be a primary concern.
- Avoid contact sports and get regular checkups done to get updates on your
- deep periodontal pockets.