What Is Dental Malocclusion?
Dental malocclusion is a common condition that occurs when there is an abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth. This condition can cause a series of dental issues, such as overcrowding of the teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite, and more. Dental malocclusion can also lead to more serious issues, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, sleep disorders, tooth loss, gum problems, and severe headaches. At ACE Dental of Bellmead, our highly trained team of family dentists is skilled at diagnosing and treating dental malocclusion in children and adults. Our practice offers a wide variety of orthodontic solutions that can restore the alignment of your teeth and overall oral health. Get in touch with our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule a dental exam today.
Occlusion refers to the alignment of the teeth and how the upper and lower arches fit together. There are three common types of dental occlusion:
- Class I is generally classified as "normal" and occurs when the upper arch overlaps the lower arch in a symmetrical way. Orthodontic treatments are often designed to move teeth toward this relationship.
- For Class II, the upper jaw and teeth overlap the lower teeth, causing the bottom jaw and chin to move backward.
- With Class III, the bottom jaw and chin extend outward, causing them to overlap the upper jaw and teeth.
Do You Have Malocclusion?
Patients of all ages can be affected by dental malocclusion, which is diagnosed when there is an overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, and/or narrow arches. Other identifiers of malocclusion include impacted, crooked, and missing teeth. Dental malocclusion is generally considered a genetic condition but can be the result of teeth grinding, a previous injury, or thumb-sucking as a child. If left untreated, occlusion issues can lead to worn, cracked, or chipped teeth, difficulty when chewing, and discomfort when talking. These concerns can place stress on the jaw joints, increase the risk of sleep apnea, cause gum disease, and even tooth loss, which makes maintaining good oral hygiene very difficult.
How Is Dental Malocclusion Treated?
Typically, the best form of treatment for most malocclusion concerns is some form of orthodontics. There are a variety of options to choose from for adults, teens, and children, such as retainers, custom aligners, and metal braces. For patients with severe overcrowding or tooth decay, one or more teeth may need to be removed in order to move forward with orthodontic therapy. Our seasoned practitioners will take detailed images of your oral structures with advanced cone beam technology so we can understand your unique needs and determine the best treatment options for you. ACE Dental of Bellmead is excited to offer Invisalign for teens and adults, surgical treatment for severely misaligned jaws, and more. We may also partner with other specialists to ensure that you or your child receive the proper treatment to improve optimal oral function and jaw health.
Following Treatment for Malocclusion
Depending on your unique needs, treatment for dental malocclusion may take months to years, especially if orthodontics is your primary form of therapy. Once your jaw and teeth are properly aligned, we may also recommend a removable or fixed retainer to help prevent your oral structures from shifting. Regardless of the type of treatment you receive, we encourage you to practice good oral hygiene, such as routine brushing and flossing. Our caring team will continue to monitor your oral health and treatment progress during your routine checkups at ACE Dental of Bellmead.
Insurance Coverage for Your Care
Insurance coverage for dental malocclusion and orthodontic care will vary, depending on your provider and personal policy. Once a treatment plan is created, our billing team will contact your provider to review your benefits and confirm your coverage. From there, we can estimate your out-of-pocket costs and discuss all of your payment options. Our office accepts medical financing and can create a flexible payment plan that suits your budget.
Treat Malocclusion With Personalized Care
If left untreated, dental malocclusion can lead to a wide variety of dental concerns, such as sleep disorders, jaw pain, chronic headaches, and tooth loss. Our skilled team at ACE Dental of Bellmead can properly diagnose your bite issues and create a custom treatment plan to get your oral health back on track. Contact our office in Bellmead, TX to schedule a private consultation to learn more.