Chulalongkorn University Dental Journal

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In analyzing the literatures, there is no convincing evidence that the permanent splinting of mobile teeth save teeth. There are no reports that splinting prevents teeth from periodontal disease, or that non-splinted teeth with mobility or secondary trauma are lost sooner than teeth when splinted. Some research does add validity to the usage of the post-orthodontic retention, splinting of removable partial denture abutment teeth, and temporary splinting to allow optimum healing during or after certain periodontal procedures. When providing a distal extension removable partial denture, it would appear rationale to splint abutment teeth to withstand the additional and destructive forces which this presents. It should also be axiomatic that one should preserve the remaining teeth.



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