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Do All Underbites Require Oral Surgery?
Posted on 8/10/2019 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
One of the possible treatments for an underbite is oral surgery. This can correct the problem, but before anyone undergoes any type of surgical procedure, they need to ask a few basic questions. They need to know what the surgery involves, what the risks are, and how long it takes to recover from the surgery. They also need to ask one very important question. They need to ask if they need to have the surgery for an underbite or are there other options. What is an Underbite? An underbite occurs when the lower teeth extend out further than the upper teeth. The severity of the underbites vary. For some the underbite is minimal and does not cause them any physical problems. For others, the underbite is severe and causes physical problems. For almost everyone with an underbite, there is an impact on their appearance. It is often this reason that people look for ways to treat their underbite. Treating the Underbite For people with a minor underbite, it is possible that they can deal with it through good oral health practices. As long as they keep their teeth healthy and do not do things that can cause the underbite to worsen, such as sucking the thumb, pushing on the teeth with the tongue or using a pacifier over the age of three, they may not need to do anything to correct it. When the underbite is significant enough to interfere with their ability to chew food or to speak clearly, braces and wires may offer the help needed to correct the underbite. For more severe underbites, surgery to remove some teeth to give the teeth room to move into proper alignment can help. It is also possible to grind or shave the teeth down to help with the alignment. For the most severe cases, surgery is not always avoidable. Ignoring the underbite is not an option. It can lead to variety oral health and overall health issues. For more information about this or any other oral health issues, contact our office to schedule an appointment....
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Do All Underbites Require Oral Surgery?
8/10/2019
How Your Diet Can Help You Manage Your TMJ
7/20/2019
Oral Health Boosts You Get from Bone Grafts
7/10/2019
You Should Not Wake Up to Daily Jaw Pain
6/20/2019
Your Morning Routine Should Not Include Chronic Jaw Pain
6/10/2019
Reasons We Have to Split Some Teeth to Remove Them
5/20/2019
Should You Wear a Mouth Guard to Protect Your Teeth During Sleep?
5/10/2019
You May Be Struggling with Sleep Apnea and Be Totally Unaware
4/20/2019
Would You Recognize a TMJ Problem?
4/10/2019
Sedation Options to Consider Prior to Oral Surgery
3/20/2019
Signs You Hurt Your Jaw During a Recent Automobile Accident
3/10/2019
Can Rinsing with Salt Water Increase How Quickly You Recover from Oral Surgery?
2/20/2019
Bone Grafts Are Common Procedures to Help Improve Your Oral Health
2/10/2019
Why You Want to Avoid Chewing Gum if You Struggle with TMJ Pain
1/20/2019
What Options You Have for a Broken Wisdom Tooth
1/10/2019
How Sinus Pain and Tooth Pain Are Related
12/10/2018
How We Come Up with an Oral Cancer Treatment Plan
11/25/2018
Times Where Jaw Reconstruction Surgery May Be the Best Option for Oral Health
11/15/2018
How We Can Help if You Struggle with a Crown Fracture
10/20/2018
Orofacial Pain Does Not Need to Rule Your Life
10/10/2018
How to Tell if You Have a Fractured Tooth
9/20/2018
How We Can Help with Reconstruction After an Accident That Injured Your Face
9/10/2018
Many Can Treat Their Bruxism with a Mouth Guard
8/23/2018
Are There Surgical Options for Jaw Pain?
8/13/2018
Does Your Jaw Hurt Following a Car Crash?
7/20/2018
Why You Need to Come In When You Have a Toothache and a Fever
6/23/2018
Unusual Causes of Jaw Pain
6/13/2018
What to Do in the First 24 Hours After an Extraction to Care for Your Mouth
5/23/2018
Bone Grafts and Dental Implants
5/13/2018
What to Do if You Find an Oral Cyst
4/23/2018
Types of Facial Infections an Oral Surgeon Can Help With
4/13/2018
Types of Injuries You Should See an Oral Surgeon For
3/23/2018
Things to Know Prior to the Removal of an Impacted Tooth
3/13/2018
Symptoms of a Broken Jaw
2/23/2018
How to Best Control Post Oral Surgery Bleeding
2/13/2018
Foods to Avoid When Your Jaw Hurts
1/25/2018
How Dental Implants Stop Jaw Resorption
1/15/2018
What to Avoid Right After Getting a Bone Graft
12/23/2017
What is Safe to Do Following Any Type of Oral Surgery?
12/13/2017
Signs Your Pain Stems from a TMD
11/27/2017
Salt Water Boosts Recovery Following Oral Surgery
11/17/2017
When to Extract an Impacted Tooth
10/25/2017
When an Abscess Should Have Surgery
10/15/2017
Surviving the First Day Following an Oral Graft
9/27/2017
Signs of Oral Cancer You May Notice at Home
9/17/2017
What Options Do You Have for a Cross Bite?
8/25/2017
How Long Should It Take for Teeth in a Day to Heal?
8/15/2017
Why Your Jaw May Hurt Even Days Following an Auto Accident
7/30/2017
Reasons You May Need Dental Surgery
7/23/2017
What Your Oral Surgeon Can Do When You Have Sinus Pain
6/30/2017
Preparing for Oral Surgery - What to Have On Hand
6/20/2017
Is Gum Safe to Chew When You Have TMJ?
5/30/2017
Boosting Your Own Health Following a Bone Graft
5/20/2017
Why Your Oral Surgeon Should Check Your Mouth After an Auto Accident
4/27/2017
What Options Do You Have to Treat TMJ Pain at Home?
4/17/2017
Why an Extraction is So Traumatic to Your Gums and Surrounding Teeth
3/30/2017
Foods That Can Cause Issues with Healing After an Oral Procedure
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Brett Sullivan, DMD, MD
Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Clackamas Implant & Oral Surgery Center
9895 SE Sunnyside Rd, Suite P
Clackamas, OR 97015

Ph: 503-662-8744
Fax: 503-652-8992
Email: info@clackamasoralsurgery.com
Clackamas Implant & Oral Surgery Center - Brett Sullivan, DMD, MD | www.clackamasoralsurgery.com | 503-662-8744
9895 SE Sunnyside Rd, Suite P, Clackamas, OR 97015