What Are the Examples of Congenital Jaw Problems?

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Congenital jaw abnormalities, which require orthognathic surgery in Plantation, may relate to a more general medical disease like Treacher Collins syndrome or they can be specific issues like an overbite. Here are a few more instances of congenital jaw issues.

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Common Types of Congenital Jaw Abnormalities

Pierre Robin Sequence

Patients who have Pierre Robin Sequence usually have a tiny jaw. For every 8,500 live births, there is at least one Pierre Robin. It is referred to as a "sequence" because the lower jaw does not develop sufficiently while the baby grows in the womb. Moreover, the palate bones stay divided in the middle as a result, pushing the tongue back. Babies with Pierre Robin syndrome may have trouble breathing, eating, or sleeping. These symptoms may be from a minor issue to a serious one.Babies born with mild cases of Pierre Robin will be sent home with regular monitoring by their pediatrician. Because obstructive sleep apnea is connected with partial airway obstruction, parents should keep a watchful eye on their infant. Additionally, these infants may have feeding issues and stomach reflux.

Cleft Lip and Palate

A baby's upper jaw, nose, and mouth often fuse or come together during the first six to 10 weeks of pregnancy. When this process is disrupted, the baby is born with a cleft in the mouth, lip, or both.Birth-related risk factors include:

  • taking medication to prevent seizures
  • consuming insufficient folic acid
  • drinking alcohol or smoking when pregnant
  • being a diabetic

Genetics may also be an essential factor. Moreover, the likelihood of a baby being born with a cleft is highest in Asian, Latino, or Native American babies, as well as in kids whose parents themselves have cleft lip or palate.Cleft lip and palate deformities, as well as any difficulties they may bring on, can be fixed by a team of professionals. A pediatrician, oral surgeon, speech therapist, otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist), and orthodontist are among the vital team members.

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Learn How Orthognathic Surgery in Plantation Can Treat Disorders and Deformities

How much dental work is required depends on how severe the case is. Some kids might need substantial orthognathic surgery, while others need orthodontic care. Schedule an appointment with us if your kid has orthodontic problems.