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Tooth splinting works by joining teeth together to add strength and tighten the teeth. Various conditions could lead to a person needing a tooth splint. A multitude of methods exist to treat tooth mobility, which is a condition of having loose teeth.

  • The process of tooth splinting can be necessitated by anything that causes teeth mobility. These loose teeth can cause pain or discomfort while eating
  • Tooth mobility also exposes the internal parts of the gums to more debris and potential infection
  • Gum disease (most common cause), tooth trauma or bad habits such as clenching and grinding can all cause tooth mobility

Basically tooth splinting involves using a bonding material or cement approved for dental uses. The loose teeth are bonded together using the chemical substance to create tooth stability. This form of teeth bonding can involve conditioning the teeth so that the bonding agent has more tooth surface to which it can attach. After the bonding agent dries and the loose teeth are stabilized the gum tissue attaches itself in place.


Tooth splinting might include an actual tooth splint. This is a small device that is custom made by a dentist, and it takes up space near the loose tooth. This item is used to put a single loose tooth back in alignment and might not involve contact with other teeth.

The dental splint comes in many forms. It can be made from different materials. The basic design can vary. It might be prefabricated outside the dental office where it is being used, or it can be custom made in-house. The most common and single-sitting splinting involves use of specially reinforced fibres in a tape form. This is commonly referred to as FIBRE SPLINTS. At times orthodontic wires are also used – but only if temporary splinting is required for e.g stabilising a mobile tooth after an accident or trauma.

After tooth splinting has been performed, the need for special tooth care increases. Tooth splinting prevents the use of floss, because the bonding material is between the teeth. Patients who have had tooth-splinting procedures will need to use a proxy brush to clean areas that were formerly cleaned with floss.

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