Functional Jaw Orthopaedics
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Functional jaw orthopaedics is a treatment that realigns the jaws and teeth using devices commonly known as splints or retainers.
An overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite can all be fixed with this procedure. Functional jaw orthopaedics can also improve Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) abnormalities.
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Bad jaw development, poor facial attractiveness, and crooked teeth can be caused by habits such as inappropriate swallowing, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, and mouth breathing.
When a child’s teeth and jaws are not developing correctly, their facial growth is likely inaccurate. Health issues, including allergies, asthma, poor posture, and diet, affect the face and dental development.
The manner a youngster swallows impacts whether their teeth will be properly aligned or crowded.
These issues should be assessed and corrected while the child is still growing, much before the typical age for braces.
Early correction of these behaviours and jaw development can improve the appearance of the face and help prevent braces and extractions.. Early diagnosis at a child’s age of 4 or older is the key to those mentioned above.
Orthopaedics, or expanding the jaws, is typically used during treatment between the ages of 4 and 10 to prevent the need for orthodontics or, if necessary, to use it just temporarily.
How Does Functional Jaw Orthopaedics Treatment Work?
Appliances for functional jaw orthopaedics encourage the teeth and jaws to migrate into the proper position by applying light pressure. The two phases of functional jaw orthopaedics are typical.
In the first phase, you continually wear the appliance save when you eat and brush your teeth. This stage typically lasts for six months or so. Only at night is the device worn during the second phase.
Benefits of Functional Jaw Orthopaedics
They can address a wide range of typical dental issues, including:
- Bad bites
- Deep bites
- Incorrect swallowing habits
- Teeth grinding
- Tongue thrusts
- Speech difficulties
- Mouth respiration
- Ear issues
- Narrow jaws and a smile
- TMJ problems
Fewer headaches may result from improved jaw positioning following FJO treatment.
Dark bags under the eyes, dry lips, and an open mouth posture are typical symptoms of restricted nasal breathing that can be lessened or eliminated by widening the palate with an expansion device.
A better jaw can alter how the tonsils and nasal septums develop, enhancing sleep and preventing sleep apnoea in the future.
A better quality of life and increased concentration in work, education, and other activities are common among those with greater jaw function.
Although FJO therapy is not a requirement for many orthodontists, we provide early treatment programmes for all of our patients, a growing need.
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About Functional Jaw Orthopaedics
1. Why is Functional Jaw Orthopaedics important?
Functional jaw orthopaedics can aid in avoiding more severe issues like TMJ. TMJ is a disorder where the jaw’s bones are out of alignment, which can be painful and uncomfortable.
It can also make popping and clicking noises when you move your jaw. Sleep disorders like sleep apnoea, which can be exceedingly harmful, can result from TMJ.
Functional jaw orthopaedics can assist delay the onset of these issues or, at the very least, help reduce their severity.
2. Is Functional Jaw Orthopaedics the same as regular orthodontics?
No, they are different. As defined by Wikipedia, orthodontics is “the branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention and repair of improperly positioned or aligned teeth.”
Although it may use some orthodontic treatments, functional jaw orthopaedics deals with preventing and correcting improperly positioned or aligned jaws.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.