Splinting of teeth involve binding of loose or traumatized tooth to the adjacent firm teeth. This is like splinting a broken arm in a plaster, where the immobility forced on the loose tooth helps the periodontal tissue to heal. Post orthodontic treatment, sometimes a permanent splint is place on the lingual surface from canne to canine, if patient is not able to use retention plates.

What is the Rationale of splinting teeth?

Periodontally weak teeth:
  • It allows the patient to chew comfortably,
  • Mobile teeth become firm – patient can carry his day to day activities without fear of loosing the tooth,
  • Help the supporting tissue to heal faster after periodontal therapy,
  • Give patient some time to decide upon the final treatment advised.
  • Post treatment as retention therapy.


  • As a temporary Maryland type bridge in the smile zone.

After tooth injury:

  • This range from 1 wk to 3 mths, depending upon the severity of trauma. Basically, to allow healing of periodontal tissue.