Splinting is giving (temporarily) more support to detached teeth and / or molars. These are elements that have become detached as a result of an impact or accident, or where bone loss has occurred as a result of periodontitis.
Splints are also used to prevent teeth and molars that have been moved by means of a brace from walking back to the old position. To fix teeth, a thin metal wire or a fiberglass strap is used. The thread or strap is glued to the back of your teeth, so it is invisible when you smile.
What are the preparations for treatment?
When it comes to permanent retention after wearing braces, the dental technician will tailor a metal wire exactly to fit the new position of your teeth. If it concerns one or more detached teeth after an accident, then the dentist bends a custom wire, or a piece of fiberglass tape is cut to size. Often a cofferdam is applied for this treatment, to keep your teeth dry while working.
Is the treatment painful?
There is no need to grind your teeth, so the treatment is not painful. If you have just had an accident, the teeth may be sensitive due to the blow.
How often do I have to come to the practice?
For placing the splint once, then maybe for follow-up if your dentist considers this desirable.
What inconveniences can I expect during treatment?
The glue that secures the wire has an unpleasant sour taste. You have to keep your mouth open for a long time. Because the wire is attached to the back of the teeth, you will sometimes be placed in a difficult position with your head forward.
The teeth to which the wire is attached are firstly polished, rinsed and dried with air. A special cleaning agent or a primer is then applied. Depending on the product, rinsing and drying are then carried out again. The wire or strap is placed in place, held, and covered with a drop of composite (white fill material) to allow it to adhere to the tooth. The composite is cured with the light-curing lamp.
Which additional objections can I expect?
Just after the thread or strap has been applied, this will feel strange. You undoubtedly have the tendency to sit with your tongue all day long. After one or two days you will get used to the splint and will no longer give any complaints. You cannot floss anymore where the splint is fitted. You will have to use stokers or brushes to clean between the teeth and the splint.