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Archive for the ‘Jaw Surgery’ Category

Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 27th, 2017
Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

One of the most common orthodontic problems that we encounter in new patients is a small lower jaw. This may manifest itself as an overbite, a deep bite, or crowding (in either jaw). Wouldn’t it be great if we had some way to encourage the jaws to grow in the amount and direction needed to correct these issues? This has been the dream of orthodontists and their patients for over 100 years. Is there really a way to change the size a jaw without surgery? Can functional appliances actually “grow” the jaws? Functional appliances are so named because they are…

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What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on September 22nd, 2016
What Is a Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expander?

One of the most common procedures in orthodontics for children and teenagers is palatal expansion (maxillary expansion). Orthodontists use expanders to eliminate posterior crossbites, reduce crowding, and broaden the overall width of an arch. Expansion in orthodontics can be classified into two categories, dental and skeletal. Dental expansion occurs when the teeth move outward to create an arch that is bigger than before treatment. In the front of the mouth, dental expansion moves teeth forward. In the back of the mouth, the teeth move sideways. If only the crown of the tooth (the top part of the tooth that is…

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What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on January 18th, 2016
What Causes a Gummy Smile and How Can It Be Fixed?

Do you show too much gum tissue when you smile? What causes this and how can it be fixed? The official term for a “gummy smile” is excessive gingival display. Excessive gingival display can be the result of several different conditions and the most appropriate way to correct it depends upon the underlying cause. There are three primary components of the smile that determine how much gum tissue is visible, 1) the lips, 2) the teeth and supporting bone, and 3) the gums themselves. If all other factors are normal, the upper lip may be responsible for a gummy smile…

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What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on August 29th, 2015
What Is Orthognathic Surgery and Who Needs It?

When you are referred to see an orthodontist, the first thing that comes to mind are usually braces, rubber bands, expanders, and maybe even extractions (pulling teeth). Some patients who come to see me for pre-treatment evaluations are shocked when I mention that their treatment may also require jaw surgery. What is orthognathic surgery and who needs it? Some patients have crooked teeth but their jaws are in good position. Other patients have teeth that are pretty straight, but their jaws are not properly aligned. Then there are those with both crooked teeth and jaws that are out of alignment.…

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Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 24th, 2014
Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

For years dentists have told patients that anterior open bites (bites where there is a gap between the upper and lower front teeth) are created when the tongue is pushed between the front teeth during swallowing. Although the tongue is one of the strongest and most active muscles in the body, does swallowing actually cause open bites? University research that measured the length of time the tongue actually contacts teeth during a swallow helped to bust this myth.  Researchers counted the number of times that patients swallow during a day and then timed the duration of a single swallow. By…

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