General dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms of Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. is highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of dental malocclusions. He offers 20+ years of experience treating Gainesville, GA area patients misaligned bites or jaws that do not match up between your teeth. You may recognize the symptoms of a dental malocclusion like an underbite, an overbite, or an oddly matched alignment of the upper and lower jaw. Although it's often hereditary, malocclusion can be advanced by thumb sucking, teeth grinding, or trauma. If left untreated, dental malocclusion can cause tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ, and in some cases, sleep disorders. Dr. Toms can classify your dental malocclusion in three ways:
Class I Dental Malocclusion
The Class I dental malocclusion is the most prevalent. This misalignment develops because the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth.
Class II Dental Malocclusion
A Class II dental malocclusion indicates that the upper teeth and jaw severely overlap the bottom teeth and jaw.
Class III Dental Malocclusion
The lower teeth project further than the upper teeth in a Class III dental malocclusion. The bottom jaw will jut outwardly and cover the upper teeth and jaw in this abnormal bite.
If you would like to learn more about malocclusions and how Dr. Toms would approach your treatment, please call for a consultation.
"Big Baby here! Moved from NV and went in to see Dr Toms based on his excellent reviews. He not only was able to do what I wanted..(previous dentist said it couldnt be done) which was a huge self esteem boost, but also caters to extreme anxiety/pain babies like me. Now, I actually get excited to go to the dentist!!! His staff is so sweet and accomodating! Dr Toms, you are my new hero!!!"- T.C. / Google / Nov 10, 2022
"Excellent experience as a new patient! Made appointment quickly and was able to complete all needed services same day. Pricing was more fair than other local dentists."- S.K. / Google / Oct 27, 2022
"Great experience. Hygienist was friendly, thorough and did a wonderful cleaning. Always a great experience with Dr Toms office"- D.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
"Excellent dentist. If you are looking for a dentist he is the best. His staff is friendly. Wait time is short. We always receive the best care. I highly recommend him without hesitation."- J.R. / Google / Oct 08, 2022
"Dr. Toms must have been at the top of his class b/c not only is his work perfect (and as painless as one can expect dentistry to be), but he works fast! In my early 20s I did not take care of my teeth as I should've and ended up needing several root canals (hard lesson learned!). I went to several other dentist before finding Dr. Toms and what took other dentists 3-4 HOURS to perform, he manages to finish within 45 min. Even when he was out of network for me, I always went to Dr. Toms. The only reason I don't still, is that I left Georgia. It should also be mentioned that his staff is top notch. Always friendly and helpful. They have always exceeded my customer service expectations. Someone else mentioned they've been seeing Dr. Toms for 20 years, and I was like, he can't possibly have been in business that long, he's not that old! And then I realized my 18 year old son has never seen another dentist, so.... yeah."- T.V. / Google / Aug 02, 2022
Best Candidates for Dental Malocclusion
If your jaw alignment is not in the right position, then you can consider yourself a candidate for malocclusion correction. Kids, teens, and adults can all have a poor alignment that needs an intervention — especially if your dental malocclusion is causing cracks in your teeth or pain while chewing.
In the three different classes of dental malocclusions, you will find that each class has its own range of severity. In the majority of circumstances, your therapy will involve orthodontics to address your specific malocclusion.
What to Expect
The recommended treatment for most malocclusions is typically in the form of orthodontic care. Our staff relies on the support of local orthodontists and oral surgeons if the severity of your dental malocclusion is beyond treatment at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. With a referral, Dr. Toms will send you to see a specialist who can provide the treatment you need. This may include braces, retainers, or clear teeth aligners. Patients with acute overcrowding of their teeth might need to have a few teeth pulled before receiving additional therapy. If the jaw is badly misaligned, then Dr. Toms might recommend surgery to correctly reposition and eliminate facial deformities.
If braces or clear aligners are recommended as a treatment, you may wear them for two or more years. Once your teeth have been fixed, a removable or fixed retainer will be required to keep the teeth in their new position. You should always maintain regular dental examinations so that Dr. Toms can continue to monitor your bite and jaw alignment for changes.
The cost of your treatment for dental malocclusion will depend on the treatment required. Our billing team will speak with your dental insurance provider, if applicable, to inquire about your benefits and the associated costs. Next, we will speak with you to discuss exactly what will be covered, your options for payment, and available medical financing opportunities.
Aligning Your Goals
At Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D., we work to find and address malocclusion to provide you with a straighter and more comfortable smile. Contact our Gainesville, GA office today to set up an appointment and reach your goal of realignment.