Malocclusion

Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Why Restore Your Smile? If you’ve lost a tooth, especially one that’s not visible to others when you speak or smile, you may be thinking that you can slide by without replacing it. Sure, it will feel weird for a while, but you’ll get used it — or will you? Not replacing a missing tooth can […]

Before & Afters–What is Dental Malocclusion?

An Overview of Malocclusion An important part of your development is a functional and healthy formation of your occlusion, or  “bite.” Occlusion refers to how the top and bottom teeth fit together. Dental malocclusion affects 1 in 5 people, and occurs when you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite. There are 3 different types […]

Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Why Restore Your Smile? If you’ve lost a tooth, especially one that’s not visible to others when you speak or smile, you may be thinking that you can slide by without replacing it. Sure, it will feel weird for a while, but you’ll get used it — or will you? Not replacing a missing tooth can […]

What is Dental Malocclusion?

A Basic Overview of Malocclusion An important part of your skeletal development is a functional and healthy formation of your occlusion, or  “bite.” Occlusion refers to how the top and bottom teeth fit together. Dental malocclusion affects 1 in 5 people, and occurs when you have crooked teeth and/or a misaligned bite. There are 3 […]

Does Malocclusion Matter?

Why Does Occlusion Matter? Occlusion refers to the alignment of teeth and the way that the upper and lower teeth fit together (bite). The upper teeth should fit slightly over the lower teeth. The points of the molars should fit the grooves of the opposite molar. Malocclusion is poor fit or alignment of the teeth and […]

Summer School! Continuing Education is Key!

School Never Ends When You’re an Oral Surgeon! Continuing Education (CE) is Key! While most of you are basking in the warm weather and heading off to enjoy the San Diego County Fair and our great beaches, Dr. Grant McGann of McGann Facial Design is busy. Busy consulting with patients and their families, performing complicated […]

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

What is Orthognathic Surgery? Simply put, it is corrective jaw surgery. It is surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, jaw misalignment, or congenital problems like cleft palate that cannot be easily treated with braces. While an orthodontist uses techniques to straighten out teeth, those approaches […]

Um. Excuse Me. Your Tori are Showing…

        Like our Secret Patient last week, have you ever discovered a strange or unexpected growth in your mouth near the jaw line, on your gums, on the roof of your mouth, or under your tongue? While they can look scary or gross, an exostosis or torus (plural: exostes or tori) can […]