AGGA Lawsuit

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The Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance is a dental device that is placed between the teeth, which is supposed to help remodel or expand the jaw without surgery.

Problems with the AGGA device cause dental damage for many individuals, pulling the upper teeth out of their housings and leaving patients with painful and disfiguring injuries.

AGGA lawsuits and settlement benefits are now being pursued by individuals left with severe dental complications, facial disfigurement and other problems.

AGGA appliance settlements may be available for individuals who received the orthodontic device and experienced complications, including:

  • Loosing of upper teeth (anterior maxillary teeth)
  • Tooth loss and/or damage
  • Tooth or Jaw pain
  • Flared teeth
  • Gum Recession
  • Tissue breakdown around tooth (Root Resorption)
  • Tooth socket bone loss (Alveolar bone loss)
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Nerve damage
  • Required corrective surgery

Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance Lawsuit Overview

The Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance (AGGA) is a metal, wire insert placed between a patient’s teeth, which is advertised to promote the growth and expansion of the upper jaw without the need of surgery.

The device applies light pressure to the roof of the mouth to stimulate the growth of the jaw bone in a forward direction up to 10 mm or more to correct underlying jaw problems that cause varying bite alignment issues.

While AGGA has been advertised as a safe alternative to surgery for correcting jaw problems in children whose bones are still growing, serious dental problems have been linked to adult patients whose bones have stopped growing. As a result, the FDA launched a safety evaluation of the complications with AGGA and similar appliances in early 2023.

A number of AGGA lawsuits are now being filed nationwide, alleging that the dental appliance has caused individual’s upper teeth to be pulled away from the root, destroying their teeth, and permanently disfiguring their faces and jaw.

The AGGA treatment lawsuits claim the devices are unreasonably dangerous for adults and were inadequately designed and advertised as safe without any scientific backing or approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

What Injuries Qualify For An AGGA Lawsuit?

Financial compensation and settlement benefits may be available through a AGGA appliance lawsuit for individuals who received an AGGA treatment and suffered any of the following injuries:

  • Loosing of upper teeth (anterior maxillary teeth)
  • Tooth loss and/or damage
  • Tooth or Jaw pain
  • Flared teeth
  • Gum Recession
  • Tissue breakdown around tooth (Root Resorption)
  • Tooth socket bone loss (Alveolar bone loss)
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Nerve damage
  • Required corrective surgery

AGGA Dental Device Injury Lawyers are pursuing lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees or expenses paid unless a settlement or lawsuit payout is received.

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Problems with the AGGA dental device have caused severe teeth damage and disfiguring injuries. Financial compensation may be available through an AGGA lawsuit.


What is an Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance?

The AGGA (Anterior Growth Guidance Appliance), sometimes referred to as anterior facial growth therapy, is an orthodontic device made of metal wire with an acrylic arch that is fastened around the upper teeth and roof of the mouth.

Insertion of the device is considered dental treatment that is designed to use mechanical force while stimulating a nerve in the roof of the mouth to create new bone deposition, which can help grow, advance and remodel the jaw.

What conditions are Anterior Growth Guidance Appliances used for?

AGGA dental appliance treatments are used to straighten bite complications and other conditions caused by underlying jaw abnormalities that cause;

  • Overbite, underbite, crossbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Aligning upper and lower jaws
  • Jaw growth
  • Facial structure repair
  • Sleep apnea
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Is AGGA FDA approved?

No. The AGGA dental device has not been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While the FDA requires manufacturers to submit applications for approval of certain new medical devices to ensure they are safe, the manufacturer of AGGA has maintained that the device does not require approval. Therefore, AGGA was never cleared by the FDA before it was used on patients.

In March 2023, the FDA issued a safety communication, indicating that the agency is aware of the reported complications from AGGA appliances. The agency indicated that it is evaluating all available information and reviewing whether any regulatory actions may be necessary to protect consumers. It is unclear whether this may include an AGGA recall or stronger warnings for individuals considering this treatment.

How Does AGGA Cause Dental Complications?

While AGGA is advertised to exert gentle but continuous pressure on the upper jaw to stimulate bone growth and encourage the jaw to move forward, the device has been found to actually pull the top teeth out of the alveolar bone, which can cause a series of side effects.

Tooth Loss From AGGA

One of the most common dental complications associated with AGGA is tooth movement or shifting. As the appliance moves the jaw it can cause the top teeth to pull away from alveolar bone and damage the surrounding tissues.

This can cause an individual’s teeth to loosen or flare forward, ultimately requiring extraction. In some cases, the tissue damage and damage to the remaining healthy bone is so severe patients are unable to receive dental implants to correct the problem.

Who is the AGGA lawsuit against?

The AGGA dental device lawsuit is against the the companies responsible for the manufacturing, marketing and sale of the device, which include;

  • Steve Gallella, D.D.S.
  • OrthoMatrix Corp, Inc.
  • Facial Beauty Institute (“FBI”)
  • OrthoLogic
  • John’s Dental Laboratory, Inc.
  • Doctors who advertised the device as safe and effective

Examples of AGGA Lawsuits

AGGA Tooth Loss and Dental Damage Lawsuit: Michael Haile and Melanie Pappalardi filed an AGGA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on March 3, claiming AGGA caused significant dental damage that resulted in tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, nerve damage, flared teeth, gum disorders and other injuries. Plaintiff’s claim the defective design and false advertising of the appliances benefits to adults have left them with expensive corrective surgeries and permanent disfigurement.

Have an AGGA Lawyer Review Your Case

If you or a loved one were injured by an AGGA dental device, submit information about your potential claim for review by a product liability lawyer to determine whether an AGGA settlement or lawsuit payout may be available.

AGGA dental device injury lawyers provide free claim evaluations and consultations. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained in your case.

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If you or a loved one experienced an injury from an AGGA treatment, submit information for review by a lawyer to determine if you may be eligible for an AGGA lawsuit payout



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