Overbites - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
Parma and the surrounding communities have a large contingent of people of
European descent. This population exhibits a high percentage of patients with
overbites, or small lower jaws in relation to their upper jaw. Although this is
not a life-threatening affliction it can impact a patient's quality of life from
a functional and aesthetics standpoint. Most patients who have an overbite have
a bad bite which can lead to TMJ problems and a multitude of dental problems.
There are currently two techniques to correct this skeletal malformation. The
surgical technique involves sectioning the lower jaw and repositioning it down
and forward. Although an accepted practice this technique can result in a number
of post operative complications. The most conservative technique is performed
with orthotic appliances which repostures the lower jaw to its ideal physiologic
position and allows muscular adaptation as well as bony changes to occur
resulting in an ideal bite. Although this technique will work on patients of any
age, the most efficacious time is when the patient is undergoing a pubertal
growth spurt. Current literature confirms this technique as being an effective
and viable treatment for correction of overbites. In most cases orthodontic
treatment is required after the reposturing procedure is completed to stabilize
and finalize the patient's bite. This orthodontic treatment will also enhance a
patient's smile so it has a two-fold effect. If you or someone you love has an
overbite which they would like corrected please contact our office for a
Michael W. Dagostino, D.D.S.
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