Orofacial Myology Treatments in Leduc
We also offer specialty care in orofacial myology as an early interceptive treatment. This is used when there are concerns regarding improper tongue rest placement, tongue ties, mouth breathing, excessive pacifier use or a variety of other factors which can affect how the face, jaws, and teeth develop and how these can affect the long term results of orthodontic treatment.
In orofacial myology, therapy is provided to retrain the tongue out of habits that are causing a concern, as in the case of thumb-sucking. Traditionally, an appliance such as a crib has been installed along the hard palate of the mouth to deter such a habit, though this method is often unsuccessful. Our therapists, offer a habit elimination program to get rid of any habits including digit sucking, tongue sucking, or fingernail biting.
After an initial analysis, our trained therapists can offer therapy to teach normal oral functions of the tongue and the other associated facial muscles.
Who Performs Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is performed by a surgeon with the support of a multidisciplinary team. At bloom, we refer patients to orthognathic surgeons with class 2 or class 3 malocclusion with excellent results.
Class 2 malocclusion is also referred to as retrognathism and is a clinical name to describe overbite. Overbite occurs when the lower jaw is recessed, causing the upper teeth to overlap the lower teeth disproportionately. Class 3 malocclusion, or prognathism, refers to underbite in which the lower jaw protrudes forward beyond the upper front teeth. These conditions impact the function of the jaw, as well as the structural profile of the patient.
Together, the combined effort of our orthodontists with expert dental surgeons can produce impactful results to patients in terms of their comfort and their confidence. Depending upon the patient’s circumstances, other disciplines may be involved to compliment and encourage surgical success such as speech therapy or orofacial myology. This interdisciplinary team works together to offer our patients maximum support and education.
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