Dental Splint For Loose Teeth

If you’re dealing with loose teeth, you know how concerning it can be. Fortunately, there is a solution – a dental splint. In this article, we’ll explore the technique for creating a Ribbond fiber-reinforced periodontal splint, which is recognized as the industry standard for this application. Let’s dive in!

Dental Splint For Loose Teeth
Dental Splint For Loose Teeth

The Benefits of Ribbond Splints

Ribbond splints are easy to make, strong, esthetic, and exceptionally durable. Made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers (the same ones used to make bulletproof vests), Ribbond offers superior strength and longevity compared to traditional materials. Plus, Ribbond splints are aesthetically pleasing and provide reliable support for your loose teeth.

The Procedure

To get started, measure the area where the Ribbond will be placed using the dead soft tinfoil provided in a Ribbond kit. Alternatively, waxed dental floss can be used as well. Cut the Ribbond to the corresponding length, ensuring you have enough material. It’s better to cut a bit more than necessary, as you can always trim the excess later.

Next, prepare the teeth for bonding. Clean and acid-etch the teeth, then apply the bonding adhesive using your standard technique and materials. Note that self-etching resins are not recommended for this procedure, as there is no clinical evidence supporting their use.

For mobile teeth, it’s helpful to stabilize them using a vinyl polysiloxane impression material in the gingival embrasures. This not only makes the procedure easier but also prevents composite intrusion and facilitates cleanup.

Now it’s time to apply the Ribbond. Start by applying a thin layer of a specialized filled composite resin designed for bonding the fibers to the teeth. If you don’t have this specific composite, there are alternative options available from major manufacturers. Avoid using flowable composites, as they lack the tackiness needed to hold the Ribbond in position.

Wet the Ribbond with a 4th generation unfilled adhesive bonding resin, ensuring it’s free from dentin primer or self-etching components. Press the Ribbond into the previously applied composite resin on the teeth, using your fingers or an instrument. Remember, the thinner the bond line, the better the results, so try to displace as much composite as possible.

Adapt the Ribbond deep within the interproximal contacts to enhance its efficacy. Work your way from tooth to adjacent tooth, pressing and tucking the Ribbond into place. Thanks to Ribbond’s manageability, it will easily follow the arch’s curvature and the contours of your teeth.

After placing the Ribbond, carefully remove the excess composite resin that was displaced during the adaptation. Check the final placement of the Ribbond, and once satisfied, polymerize it to ensure a secure bond.

Final Touches

Depending on your specific case, you may need to apply a thin layer of flowable composite over the Ribbond splint. Polymerize each area for a short time to prevent slumping. Add a couple more layers of flowable composite, aiming for a smooth covering layer.

It’s important to note that Ribbond fibers do not polish well, so we want to avoid shaping and polishing the splint using rotary instruments. Ensure the composite covering layer is satisfactory before thoroughly polymerizing the splint.

Conclusion

A dental splint can be a game-changer for individuals dealing with loose teeth. With the Ribbond fiber-reinforced periodontal splint, you can enjoy the benefits of a durable, esthetic, and reliable solution. This technique, recognized as the industry standard, provides excellent support for your teeth, giving you the confidence to smile again.

So, don’t let loose teeth hold you back. Explore the possibility of a dental splint and regain control of your dental health. Visit Make You Smile to learn more about Ribbond and find comprehensive instructions to guide you through the procedure. Remember, with Ribbond, you can achieve a secure and long-lasting solution for your loose teeth.