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Can a malocclusion (abnormal bite) cause a deviated septum?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Deviated septum

A deviated septum is a common issue.
It can be caused by trauma, position in utero and even during the birth process. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.

In brief: Deviated septum

A deviated septum is a common issue.
It can be caused by trauma, position in utero and even during the birth process. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose, so there can be deviated septum and high narrow palatal vault at same time.
They may be coincident but one does not cause the other. Sounds like you should be examined by both orthodontic specialist and ear/nose/throat specialist, and then ask them to consult with each other.

In brief: No

Roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose, so there can be deviated septum and high narrow palatal vault at same time.
They may be coincident but one does not cause the other. Sounds like you should be examined by both orthodontic specialist and ear/nose/throat specialist, and then ask them to consult with each other.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Many people can have both but there is no direct cause and effect relationship between the two.

In brief: No

Many people can have both but there is no direct cause and effect relationship between the two.
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Dr. Gary Brigham
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

An abnormal bite cannot cause a deviated septum. However, because the upper jaw is attached to the upper face including the nasal cavity, an abnormal bite with an underlying facial asymmetry can be associated with a deviated septum.

In brief: No

An abnormal bite cannot cause a deviated septum. However, because the upper jaw is attached to the upper face including the nasal cavity, an abnormal bite with an underlying facial asymmetry can be associated with a deviated septum.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Dr. Gary Brigham
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Dr. David May
Dentistry

In brief: Which came first

Was the septum and roof of your mouth normal and then change as the malocclusion got worse and vaulted the roof of the mouth? Was your septum deviated at birth? Sometimes knowing the cause is not as important.
If you have both fixed will you have to worry about a recurrence, probably not.

In brief: Which came first

Was the septum and roof of your mouth normal and then change as the malocclusion got worse and vaulted the roof of the mouth? Was your septum deviated at birth? Sometimes knowing the cause is not as important.
If you have both fixed will you have to worry about a recurrence, probably not.
Dr. David May
Dr. David May
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Dr. Jerry Gordon
Dentistry

In brief: No

A malocclusion is caused by misalignment of either the teeth or the jaws and is an independent condition from a deviated septum.

In brief: No

A malocclusion is caused by misalignment of either the teeth or the jaws and is an independent condition from a deviated septum.
Dr. Jerry Gordon
Dr. Jerry Gordon
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