What Are the Pros and Cons of Periodontal Stabilization Splints?
Posted on 3/20/2016 by Implant & Periodontal Associates NW
If your teeth have become loose because of gum disease and loss of the bone around them, your dentist may recommend periodontal splints to keep them in place.
Not many people have heard about this treatment option, and if your dentist has suggested using it as part of your periodontal treatment plan, it is important that you know more about the pros and cons.
The Benefits of Periodontal Stabilization Splints
There are a variety of reasons that periodontal splinting might be the best course of action for you in the treatment of your gum disease. First, reducing the mobility of the teeth can make them more efficient at chewing up food.
This technique reduces the forces that are put onto the individual teeth, ultimately slowing damage that may have already resulted due to weak ligaments and jawbone. Stabilization splints may also indefinitely delay the loss of your teeth while sparing the bone that is found around the rest of the remaining teeth.
The Risks of Periodontal Stabilization Splints
The risks of using periodontal stabilization splints are relatively minor, but like any type of medical or dental procedure, there are a few shortcomings. Periodontal splinting can be unattractive and may make it hard to clean between the teeth. This is fairly concerning, as it will be especially important to keep your teeth clean during this time in order to improve the health of your gums.
Other risks also exist. Periodontal splints can increase your risk of developing cavities. This is because food can collect under the splint where it attaches to your mouth, and debris can be hard to remove. Certain types of splinting may also require cutting a slot into the teeth, and not all patients are fond of this idea.
If you have questions about periodontal stabilization splints or any other gum disease treatment option, be sure to contact our office.