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Splinting teeth -- when is this needed?

Splinting teeth -- when is this needed?

When they wiggle.: If teeth start to wiggle that means they are loosing support needed to keep them tight. Splinting (attaching) wiggly teeth to strong stable teeth helps you keep the wiggly ones by spreading out the biting pressures over several teeth and not the few. The wiggly ones could even tighten up if treatment is give or by giving the a "rest" from hard biting forces. Earl. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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How does teeth splinting work?

How does teeth splinting work?

Connects them: Splinting is a good idea for people who have lost bone due to gum disease and the teeth have become loose making it uncomfortable to eat. Bonding (white or resin fillings) can be used with or without a wire to accomplish this. ...Read more

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Can teeth splinting be done for loose teeth to stabilize them?

Can teeth splinting be done for loose teeth  to stabilize them?

Yes: Splinting teeth will stabilize them. What happens is that you're essentially distributing the forces from 1 tooth to all of the teeth splinted. This can work well in many cases, however if all the teeth had a high degree of looseness splinting can only do so much. ...Read more

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I feel sick on and off most of the day, wake with a dull headache. I have a splint for my teeth as I did grind but not as much now. What could it be?

I feel sick on and off most of the day, wake with a dull headache. I have a splint for my teeth as I did grind but not as much now. What could it be?

Headache: Teeth grinding can certainly cause headache and TMJ and muscle issues. You need to go for a comprehensive dental /bite evaluation by a Prosthodontist to rule out any bite discrepancies and disharmony. He/she can certainly evaluate your bite and joints and treat or refer you to the right specialist if needed. ...Read more

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Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

Had a bite splint made for grinding teeth. After wearing it I now have popping noise in my jaw when I open. Should I stop bite splint or resolve time?

May be TMJ: from incomplete closure of the mouth when asleep. usually you will get adjusted to it. if the problem persists may need to change the splint or get it readjusted ...Read more

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What should I use to stop grinding my teeth at night besides a splint?

What should I use to stop grinding my teeth at night besides a splint?

There are many: Oral devices that are helpful in this regard. Two of the most common ones are the nti and the bitesoft devices - both of which cause posterior disclusion - prevent your back teeth from touching so there is a space between your back teeth. Consult with your dentist to see which device would be best suited for your condition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When you are wearing a soft splint at night how long does it take for the tingling sensation s in your teeth to stop?

Depends: If you are wearing the splint to help with nocturnal clench/grinding of your teeth, and if the "tingling" is due to the bruxism, then soon. Usually a hard nightguard works better. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Does a splint wore more than 6 months after an atrhoscopy could cause irrevesible changes? Now my teeth meet on front only&jaw pain without it.

Does a splint wore more than 6 months after an atrhoscopy could cause irrevesible changes? Now my teeth meet on front only&jaw pain without it.

Possibly: Splints have different designs. If yours makes contact with front teeth only, the posterior teeth will passively erupt and hit first. The opposite is also true, if designed so as to contact posterior teeth, your front teeth may have passively erupted and now are the only ones in contact. See dentist asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Insurance only covers surgery for tmj, i don't want surgery, don't have $1k for a splint, have biteguard but only protects teeth. What can I do?

Medication, too: Use the bite guard nightly for now... Ask for a muscle relaxant to reduce the force of clenching/grinding... Put a little money aside and save up for the splint... ...Read more

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