An underbite is when the lower teeth extend outward, and do not align properly with the upper teeth. This is referred to a “malocclusion” and can be mild or in some cases severe. When a child has an underbite most likely treatment is needed because the underbite causes difficulty biting or chewing food, affects a child’s speech, and may cause pain because the jaw is not properly aligned. Getting in front of any issues early on helps to prevent serious issues in the future. If needed, a detailed customized treatment plan is created to treat patients that suffer from an underbite. 

What Are the Common Causes of an Underbite?

  • Pacifier use after 3 years of age
  • Long term bottle feeding
  • Thumb sucking
  • Tongue pushing on the teeth
  • Genetics can play a role if another family member also had an underbite
  • Jaw Injury can cause an underbite
  • Tumors on the jawbones can cause the jaw to protrude

What Are The Treatment Options if Your Child Has an Underbite?

Treating an underbite is beneficial and will help to make your teeth easier to clean, and prevent decay or gum disease. If your child has pain due to their jaw being misaligned, treatment will help to relieve these symptoms. Patients that have an underbite must brush very carefully along the gum line to ensure all areas are reached.

Medical treatment may be needed to correct an underbite. Braces or dental appliances can be used in some cases to help move the jaw into place. For severe cases that cannot be corrected with braces or a dental device, oral surgery may be recommended.

What is Underbite Jaw Surgery and What Are the Advantages?

Underbite jaw surgery is a surgical procedure that is done to realign the jaws. This surgery helps to restore jaw functionality, and make chewing and speaking easier. Surgery helps to relieve any pain or obstructed breathing, and prevent further damage to the teeth or gums. The goal is to create the best dental bite, and restore the jaw to function properly. After surgery orthodontic treatment is typically recommended and some customized treatment plans can be made for each patient.

Looking for Oral Surgery Options Near You?

If you are interested in finding out more about jaw surgery in Lompoc, CA our team is here to help. At LOMPOC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our patients are always in good hands as we provide the highest level of care. We are the preferred oral surgery specialists near you and always welcome new patients to our office!

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a way to replace just one or multiple missing teeth using a permanent and high-quality restoration. Implants can last for 20 to 30 years, with some patients having implants that laser longer than just two decades. Implants are incredibly beneficial because they don’t require other teeth to be compromised just to replace one or two at a time. The implants themselves are made out of surgical-grade titanium, so they’re safely used within the human body. You can use implants to replace one missing tooth at a time, keep a bridge in place and even keep a denture securely in the mouth.

Who’s a good candidate for Dental Implants?

In order for implants to heal correctly, you need to have healthy and solid bone structure. The implant post will naturally fuse with this bone in about three to six months after the procedure has been done. For this reason, you may need a bone grafting prior to the implant procedure if you suffer from bone loss. You should ideally be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery and have the ability to heal after the procedure is finished. Most patients who want implants and who are interested in the procedure are good candidates to have the work done.

"Dr. McAninch is the best!!! I didn't even feel a thing during my extractions! He was very gentle and caring! I didn't even have to take pain meds after the surgery!"

Monce Cebreros

Who’s a good candidate for Bone Grafting?

To determine if you’ll need a bone grafting done, you’ll come into our office for a consultation and exam. We will take x-rays and other special images to determine if bone loss is present and to what extent it currently is. Bone loss is incredibly common, so it’s an issue that you need not worry about. Bone grafting is safe and effective, and it can create a more structured surface for other procedures.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made with surgical-safe titanium and are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. They can be used to replace just a single tooth as well as keep a full denture securely in place. Implants have become the go-to option for replacing missing dentition because they do not compromise surrounding teeth. They are safe, effective and are long-lasting when compared to other options available.

"Couldn't ask for a better team of people. Dr. McAnnich and his team are wonderful and do an amazing job. Thanks a lot guys for the great work on my mouth. Totally recommend 100% for oral surgery, etc.. Much love!"

Darcy Danica

How long will Dental Implants last?

On average, you can expect dental implants to last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. However, it’s not uncommon to have implants last for longer than this if they’re well taken care of. How well you care for the implants and the health of your bone will have a great effect on how long the implants actually last. Because implants fuse with the natural bone of your jaw, they can become loose if bone loss occurs. Likewise, improper oral hygiene can affect the health of your gums, which can cause infections around the implant and eventual bone loss. Implants can withstand a lot of pressure and force, so you won’t need to baby them and deal with routine adjustment appointments like with other procedures. We are committed to offering you high-quality implants that will last for decades and provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted to have.

How to maintain your Dental Implants

The best way for you to maintain your dental implants is with routine dental appointments. These appointments allow us to check the health of your implants and to ensure they’re secure and fitting properly. In the rare event that they become loose or break, they can either be restored or replaced fully. If bone loss is present, we may suggest a bone grafting to ensure that the implant has a solid structure to bond with over the course of several months. Otherwise, you can expect your dental implants to last for decades without needing to worry or deal with them. Once those implants have completely fused with the bone of your jaw, they’re there to stay permanently and won’t need to be replaced or repaired.

If you are interested in dental implants and want to come in for an appointment, call our office today and we will help to answer your questions.