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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-83

Is tongue thrust that develops during orthodontic treatment an unrecognized potential road block?


1 Deptt. of Oral Health Sciences, Oral Health Sciences Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012, India
2 Oral Health Sciences Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012, India

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Sanjay Suri
Oral Health Sciences Center, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.26021

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The role of tongue thrust has often been suspected, long debated and largely dispelled as a primary etiological factor of malocclusion. However, tongue thrust may contribute to poor occlusal intercuspation both during and after treatment. A tongue thrust may also develop during orthodontic mechanotherapy as a result of the transient creation of intra and interarch spaces and this little recognized phenomenon was found to occur in many randomly followed cases. In many instances, this seemingly adaptive and secondary response of the tongue posture and function may persist and thereafter impede the resolution of intra and interarch problems.






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