One of the most devastating symptoms of periodontal disease is jawbone deterioration. Of course, it doesn’t occur as soon as one develops periodontitis. But, over the course of time, the gum disease would take its toll on the health of the jawbone and lead to a reduction in its size.
This can lead to loosening of the teeth from their sockets as the jawbone surrounding the tooth would shrink. This makes the socket wider than the ideal size of the tooth root. When the disease is left untreated for a long time, it would eventually lead to loss of teeth. Also, when someone develops periodontitis, the gum pockets tend to grow deep. This increases the gap between the teeth and the walls of the gums.
How can loosening of the teeth be treated?
If someone sustains a broken finger due to external trauma, the doctor would operate and stabilize the finger. For this, they would make use of a splint and secure the broken finger to an adjoining one. This allows the finger to keep stable and heal. A similar approach can be taken with respect to the teeth as well.
Periodontal splinting is the method of stabilizing and securing a loosened tooth to one of the adjoining teeth. The splint used for this purpose is made from a fibrous composite, making it the perfect material to be used in the mouth. The procedure wouldn’t require the use of anesthesia and is known to be highly successful in preventing tooth loss.
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