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.
"It's difficult to know where to begin! Our family of 4, plus my mother, have all been cared for by Dr. Toms and his staff for over 20 years. From my children's dental needs (wisdom teeth, too!) to my elderly mother's care, Dr. Toms has always helped us sort through all options and guided us all the way. His skill and sensitivity put both of my children at ease and they now are adults who are comfortable with dental visits. Dr. Toms has been a great friend to our family! Very highly recommended."- J.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2022
"I know he is a very positive person that believes in his patients and family taken care of."- M.T. / Google / Jan 06, 2022
"Kind, professional staff led by a very knowledgeable and caring dentist. Very accommodating to patients, they work as a team. They strive for excellence in all areas of their services. Office is beautifully decorated and well organized. Myself and a large part of my family have been regular patients for years. Now that I’ve moved out of the immediate area I still drive back to keep my dental care on the same high level with the same people."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 28, 2021
"Great Dentist. friendly, efficient and personable staff. The dentist is honest and will not push unnecessary procedures."- C.C. / Google / Jul 23, 2021
"I recently moved to GA and had not established care with a dentist yet. While I was eating, a crown from a previous root canal came off. So, I needed to find a dentist ASAP! I have pretty significant dental-related anxiety and previously sought out a dentist certified in sedation dentistry for this reason. I found several several recommendations for Dr. Toms online and was pleasantly surprised and relieved to learn that he is certified and proficient in both oral and IV sedation. I called his office to schedule an appointment and did not expect a next-day appointment! The staff was so friendly on the phone, and even more welcoming in person! They made me feel like a long time regular patient from the first moment I met them! I filled out all of my paperwork online before my appointment and just had to sign them once I arrived., The check-in process was smooth and quick, and I waited less than 10 minutes to see Dr.,Toms., They even scheduled my cleaning 2 days later! Highly recommend!"- J.M. / Google / May 23, 2021
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.