As economically tough as times can be, there are cases in which going the DIY route really shouldn’t be an option – dealing with dental problems, for instance.
Not that it’s stopped some folks, even for potentially serious situations such as extractions (infection risk and the creation of cavitations) or restoring a decayed or broken tooth.
Or creating a fixed splint.
You may be familiar with splint therapy for TMJ problems and bruxing (habitual clenching and grinding), but these aren’t the only dental uses of splints. They may also be used when teeth have become loose, usually due to advanced periodontal (gum) disease. In such cases, a splint may be used to help stabilize the teeth or, where there has been tooth loss, prevent drifting or other movement among the teeth that remain.
This was what inspired one Brit to fashion and cement his own “bizarre metal splint.”
According to the brief case report, the individual was a 64 year old “‘former engineer who was quite good with his hands.'” He apparently was not so good with thinking through consequences – like what would happen if there was a problem with a tooth beneath it, which was what finally drove him to a dentist. The trouble? A retained root which was causing pain.
The irony of it all was that the patient wanted the retained root removed, but his ‘precious splint’ kept intact at all times. The patient also failed to mention if he had attempted an extraction himself leaving a retained root behind.
The dentist referred him to a hospital, “in case of any other underlying pathology.”
Hopefully the hospital may have persuaded the patient to have the splints removed, which may have resulted in the removal of the underlying teeth, as the splints seemed firmly secured with some sort of strong cement.
Good-bye, Teeth. Hello, denture!