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Old 08-23-2003, 06:55 AM   #1
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Question class 3 jaw relation with maxillary deficency

My son has class 3 jaw relation with maxallary deficency". Does anyone know anything about this? He goes to see a orthodontist in three weeks about this. I would just like to know what kind of treatment is normal for this problem. It's my understanding that this is the worse kind of orthodontic problem a child can have. If you know anything about this please inform me. Treatment? what it is in normal words not doctor words? I'm i looking at head gear for him? any information would be of great help.

 
Old 08-26-2003, 04:16 AM   #2
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Hi there.

Do you know what those terms you gave mean? A class 3 refers to a person with an underbite. Since you said your son has "maxillary deficiency" that means his top jaw (also known as the maxilla) has not grown enough in comparison with his bottom jaw (the mandible). Thus, his bottom jaw jets out and causes the bottom teeth to lie in front of the top teeth. You probably knew that just by looking at his bite!

I'm not an expert on this, but I have learned some about this condition while searching for information online about my problem "class 2" (overbite). Many sources I have come across that give information about class 2, also discuss the class 3 so I have read about it as well. Also, two of my cousins, both are brothers, have the class 3. I haven't talked with them in detail about this, so I don't know if they have maxillary deficiency, like your son, or if they had mandibular excess, or both conditions.


I do know age plays a part in treatment. Since you didn't give your son's age, I can't exactly say what his treatment might entail. I do know my older cousin, had to have surgery to fix his underbite because he was either finished growing, or almost finished growing. (He had the surgery in June, and he is 18.) His brother, who is 9, will be able to avoid surgery with appliances to control the way his jaws will grow. I think headgear is customary. I'm not exactly sure. Search online for more information. I usually am hesitant to take websites very seriously, but I have come across dozens of websites about jaw and teeth problems, and they have been really helpful. Good luck!


 
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Old 09-04-2003, 07:23 AM   #3
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My son has the same upper jaw problem. The dentist says that he will need surgery. I think that since skull bones,like any bones. can be moved/adjusted. You mentioned head gear use. I'd like to know the type which you are referring to, or which is available. I'm also thinking of seeing a TMJ specialist or rolfing person. Sessions manipulating and adjusting the muscles in the mouth while pulling the upper jaw could help a lot. It's a possibility. I believe that adjusting the muscles affect the attached bones. Once the body realizes the way you want to go with it and the body knows it is best, changes become the norm. Even a bone once considered so immovable as the skull. It's a possibliity.

 
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My son has the same upper jaw problem. The dentist says that he will need surgery. I think that since skull bones,like any bones. can be moved/adjusted. You mentioned head gear use. I'd like to know the type which you are referring to, or which is available. I'm also thinking of seeing a TMJ specialist or rolfing person. Sessions manipulating and adjusting the muscles in the mouth while pulling the upper jaw could help a lot. It's a possibility. I believe that adjusting the muscles affect the attached bones. Once the body realizes the way you want to go with it and the body knows it is best, changes become the norm. Even a bone once considered so immovable as the skull. It's a possibliity.

 
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