Some children suffer from problems related to jaw formation, which may result in teeth crowding, breathing difficulties, crossbite and impacted teeth. Improper formation of the jaw bone can also lead to deformities in the facial structure. It is important to diagnose these problems at an early age and treat them through jaw extension treatments.
The growth phase of children happens between 8 to 13 years, it is essential to identify any jaw deformities during this age and correct them using palate expanders, surgery or both, to ensure that the treatment is effective and the child has good chances to overcome the problem. Here are some signs of jaw problems in children
- Closely packed baby teeth are a sure indication that there will be crowding when the permanent teeth appears. It indicates a narrow dental bridge, which can cause problems of crowding and impacted teeth. If you child has no spaces between baby teeth, discuss with your dentist about the possibility of any jaw disorders.
- Tongue thrust is a disorder which is caused by narrow jaw size. It causes open bite, an opening between the incisors of the upper and lower side.
- If a child has crossbite, it indicates that there is a problem in the formation of the upper jaw. Generally the upper teeth must close outside the lower teeth, but in children with crossbite the upper teeth close inside the lower teeth. The problem of crossbite can be solved by placing palate expanders to expand the jaw size.
- If a child under the age of 7 have worn down incisors, it indicates that he/she has a jaw problem.
- If a child grinds teeth during sleep, it is a sure indication that the child has a jaw problem, which blocks the air passages. Teeth grinding is caused by wrong positioning of lower jaw or swollen tonsils. The backwardly positioned lower jaw and swollen tonsils can also lead to snoring.
- If a child suffers from recurrent earache or has excessive earwax, it indicates that the position of the jaw is too backward and is creating excessive pressure on the ear and the jaw-joint.
These are some of the common jaw problems in children. If you observe any one of these conditions, it is advisable to contact your dentist and chart out a suitable treatment plan. The jaw problems can be treated by the use of palate expanders, surgery and other methods depending on the complexity of the problem.