Intracoronal Splinting as an Initial Treatment for Patients with Tooth Mobility: A Case Report
Background: Tooth mobility is a problem that often results in tooth loss due to disease or injury to the gingiva or bone that supports the teeth. Tooth mobility is one of the clinical features of periodontal disease caused by alveolar bone destruction, occlusion trauma and the expansion of inflammation from the gingiva to the deeper supporting tissues. One of the treatments for stabilizing tooth mobility is splinting. Various types of splints can be used as an initial therapy for the treatment of periodontal disease so that the teeth become more stable for further treatments.
Objective: To describe the correction of tooth mobility with splint.
Case Report: A 64-year-old patient presented to the periodontics clinic of Dental and Oral Hospitals Gadjah Mada University (RSGM UGM) with complaints of inferior front teeth mobility. The patient had a history of controlled diabetes mellitus. The management of this case was done by an initial treatment of scaling root planning (SRP) and intracoronal splint.
Results: The four-week control showed more stable teeth and further treatment was possible.
Conclusion: The periodontal splint can be used as an initial treatment for patients with periodontal disease because the mobile tooth is supported by another tooth, thereby increasing comfort during mastication.
Keywords: tooth mobility, diabetes mellitus, splint, intracoronal splint
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