Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Many orthodontic problems (malocclusions) are inherited. Examples of
these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing
teeth, and some jaw growth problems.
An example of a common inherited problem would be having a small or
missing upper incisor. If left untreated, an unsightly and poor functioning
occlusion may result. Decisions and plans are made soon after the
discovery of this issue so the proper treatment can be planned to provide
the best possible outcome.
Other malocclusions are acquired as a result of habits such as thumb- or
finger-sucking and tongue thrusts, dental disease causing premature loss
of baby teeth or due to late loss of baby teeth, accidents, or developmental
A common example of a developmental anomaly is having a poor nasal
airway which often promotes a narrow upper jaw and crossbite. Correction
may be palatal expansion but an ENT evaluation to determine the cause of
the obstruction is always advised.
It is important to have an orthodontist evaluate these problems early and
suggest appropriate and well-timed corrections. The treatments can be
preventative, interceptive, or comprehensive. It is always better to have an
early orthodontic exam and possibly avoid the more complex therapies that
can happen when a problem is neglected.
General dentists, pedodontists and pediatricians are being trained to
recognize growth and development problems; they are often the
gatekeepers to specialty care. Don’t hesitate to ask a health professional
questions about your young loved ones. We would love to answer any questions
you may have, please call to schedule an appointment at:
Fair Oaks: 916-966-1751
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