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Alex Freeman DMD , Family and Cosmetic Dentistry | Common Cases in Yuma

  • Alex Freeman, D.M.D.
  • Family Dentistry & Orthodontics


(928) 919-7332 

1207 West 16th St. Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Common Cases

Common Orthodontic Cases:


Dental Protrusion

The upper teeth extend too far forward or the lower teeth do not extend far enough

forward.  Most often, this type of bite is caused by a thumb sucking or finger habit.  



The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth ,

sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roofdeep_bite.png

of the mouth.  Overbite is also known as a “deep bite”. A “deep overbite” or deep bite

occurs when the lower incisor (front) teeth bite too close or into the gum tissue

behind the upper teeth possibly causing a tissue impinging deep bite. A deep bite can

also contribute to excessive wear of the incisor teeth.



Crossbite is when the upper jaw is too narrow causing the lower jaw to either swing to one

side to allow teeth to bite or causing both sides of the back teeth to bite outside of the top teeth

instead of the inside.  Crossbite should be treated because it can cause premature wear

of the teeth, gum disease, dysfunctinoal chewing patterns and hinder proper development.  



Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front

teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as

tongue thrusting.



Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gums.  Crowding 

gets worse over time as one tooth pushes over the other leading to overlapping teeth. 

Crowded teeth are harder to clean then straight teeth, which will lead to cavities

and tooth decay. Crowding can often  be corrected by expansion so as to avoid tooth removal.


Dental Midline Not Centered 

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and

match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper

dental function.