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Posted by: Ash | 2007/04/26

Q.

UPPER LOWER JAW BITE

Hello,
A few years ago my son had orthodontic treatment to repair his bite as the upper jaw bite did not overlap the lower jaw bite.
Treatment ended 3 years later at the age of 14. He is now 19 years and we visited the Orthodonist for a "check up' It was found that the bite is not as it should be. His upper set of teeth sits directly on the lower set. The upper does not overlap the lower. He suggested surgery to rectify the problem. I cannot explain exactly what the surgery would involve but it would involve dislocating the gum etc to bring about the upper overlap. He also said that my son does ot have a pronounced cheek bone due to this. I am not keen on this and would appreciate your suggestion on other options.
Regards
Ashni sewlall

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert


Sorry Ash but it is very difficult to advise you in this case without having seen your son. The surgery will also need to be discussed with a maxillofacial specialist. It may be wise to consult with a surgeon first for his advice on the procedure.

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