Periodontal Splinting

What is periodontal splinting?

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.

Periodontal disease may cause teeth to become mobile. As a way of stabilizing the teeth, the teeth may be attached to one another with a splint. This is often done with composite resin and a nylon mesh.

How about maintenance? A periodontal splint makes cleaning your teeth more challenging. In order to floss, a threader must be used to pass the floss below the splint much like with braces. Brushing your teeth requires more care, making sure that you clean above and below the splint.