MOST SURGERY TO CORRECT COMMON FACIAL DEFORMITIES CAN BE AVOIDED Modern techniques such as Facial Growth Guidance and Orthotropics can avoid the need for surgery in most children. However most orthodontists and surgeons are untrained in these methods and suppress this information from their patients. They are supported in this by the General Dental Council,

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Are Extractions Good or Bad? Although most orthodontists claim to avoid extractions whenever possible national statistics suggest that extractions are routine and that probably over 90% of patients have sound teeth extracted at some point. Other clinicians say the jaws should be encouraged to grow from an early age to avoid the need for extractions

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Supporting Organisations Patients Association PO Box 935, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3YJ. Phone: 0208 423 9111 International Association of Facial growth Guidance. www.orthotropics.com Society for the Study of Craniomandibula Disorders. www.craniogroup.com

Advice for Solicitors There have been some interesting developments in the areas of Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) and Orthodontics (tooth straightening). Currently there is a high level of professional disagreement in this field and several cases have failed because the judge was unwilling to adjudicate between expert witnesses with contrasting opinions. This type of division

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Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction is a relatively new area in modern dentistry. It has been complicated by the fact that many teaching institutions fail to recognize the importance of normal T.M.J. function. Many clinicians still feel that T.M.D. is essentially a psychosomatic condition primarily found in the menopausal female and should be treated with drug therapy

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Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction is a relatively new area in modern dentistry. It has been complicated by the fact that many teaching institutions fail to recognize the importance of normal T.M.J. function. Many clinicians still feel that T.M.D. is essentially a psychosomatic condition primarily found in the menopausal female and should be treated with drug therapy

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Surgical Risks About 700 children and young adults are sent for jaw surgery in the UK, each year. Surgery of this type often results in damage ranging from mild numbness of the lip, to severe pain and damage with occasional death. This is done because most orthodontists believe that jaw growth is inherited and the

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Unsatisfactory profile changes (dishing in of the face or increase in facial fullness) have been common complaints after orthodontic treatment. Some have even blamed extraction of premolars without proper torque control of the anterior segments. Likewise, excessive expansion of the dental arch in the anterior-posterior direction will result in increased fullness of the lip and

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The most common complaint is snoring and usually comes from the patient’s partner. Some patterns are fairly obvious, including leaving the mouth open, obesity, and irregula teeth. The upper jaw (maxilla) in nearly all patients is placed back, forcing the lower jaw (mandible) to swing back. This is worsened by sleeping on the back with

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The most common complaint is snoring and usually comes from the patient’s partner. Some patterns are fairly obvious, including leaving the mouth open, obesity, and irregula teeth. The upper jaw (maxilla) in nearly all patients is placed back, forcing the lower jaw (mandible) to swing back. This is worsened by sleeping on the back with

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