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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Cross bite

06/07/2004

Question:

How and at what age do you treat cross bite? Where the bottom teeth, especially the sides line up within the top teeth?

Answer:

Crossbite is a condition that results from improper occlusion.  Normally the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth, but if the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, then a crossbite results. This condition can be corrected surgically (orthognathic surgery). But for proper diagnosis and treatment, a thorough examination is required by a prosthodontist(a specialist in occlusion) and an oral surgeon.


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Response by:

Abdel Rahim   Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University