Periodontal Splinting

Losing a tooth takes on a new meaning as an adult. Once you have shed all of your primary teeth, also known as your baby teeth, you only get one set of adult teeth to maintain and look after. If you notice you have a wobbly or loose tooth and fear you may risk losing it, it’s best to reach out to a professional Union City oral surgeon as soon as possible. 

Periodontal splinting is a technique practiced by oral surgeons and oral health professionals to help prevent loose or wobbly teeth from falling out. By stabilizing the at-risk tooth to another tooth, you are turning the pair into a strong, sturdier unit. This unit is stronger than the individual teeth alone, giving your gums and mouth the chance they need to heal. To see if you are a good candidate for periodontal splinting in Union City, NJ, reach out to the team of qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Union City Oral Surgery Group today.


Your teeth can become loose, dislodged, or wobbly for a wide variety of reasons. When you come into your oral surgeon’s office with a tooth at risk of falling out, a quick and effective solution is periodontal splinting in Union City, NJ. This minimally-invasive technique involves a composite material, like a thin fiber wire, being used to splint the weakened tooth or teeth together. This effectively combines the strength of the teeth and creates a sturdier unit to remain in the mouth and gives your teeth the best possible shot at healing and stabilizing. 

It is important to note that periodontal splinting does not cure or target the cause of the wobbly tooth. If it is due to gum disease, for example, it will need to be treated immediately to ensure the splint is effective. Periodontal splints are painless and commonly done on the front teeth. Depending on the severity of your situation and what procedures need to be done in conjunction with the splint, users may have their splint for around two weeks before having it removed.


Everyone’s mouth is different and everyone’s teeth require different maintenance and care. A good practice is to brush and floss daily while incorporating professional cleanings once or twice a year. Common reasons people require the assistance of a periodontal splint include the following:

Gum Disease

Failure to adhere to a proper maintenance schedule can result in the infection of your gums and teeth. Gone untreated, your gums and jawbone will begin to weaken, taking away the natural tooth’s foundation. This can cause teeth to shift around the mouth, become loose, and even fall out. Gum disease is treated by professional cleanings and continued upkeep. If you notice your teeth have started to shift or that your gums are bleeding every time you brush, it is recommended you seek out dental assistance as soon as you can. The gum disease will be targeted first and then any remaining wobbly teeth can be saved by having a periodontal splint placed. 

Facial Trauma

An accident to the face or mouth can cause your teeth to become dislodged or even fall out. When trauma or pressure from an accident forces a tooth out of its socket, the tooth is said to have been avulsed. An oral surgeon will work to save the fallen tooth, cleaning it and then using a periodontal splint to stabilize it. This process is time-sensitive and requires immediate attention. 

The same process goes for a tooth luxation, or the dislodging of teeth. Your surgeon will work to shift the tooth back into the socket and its natural position before placing the splint. 


Union City Oral Surgery Group has serviced the Union City community with all of their oral and maxillofacial health needs for many years now, and we would love to do the same for you. Our team has been recognized by the American Dental Association and is trained in the practice of minimally-invasive surgery. There’s no better place to restore your smile and receive a periodontal splint than in our state-of-the-art facility.

Our people-first approach to oral surgery means you have a compassionate representative by your side at every step of the process, from the very first consultation to the final payment, where we will sit with you and help get you the most out of your insurance reimbursement as possible. To see how we can best help you today, please give our Union City office a call at (201) 601-9262 or fill out our online contact form.

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