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Understanding T-Scan Occlusal Analysis Helps Patients Reap the Benefits

Monday, June 11, 2012

One of the newest and most exciting technologies available to today’s dentists is the T-Scan Computerized Occlusal Analysis System. T-Scan Occlusal Analysis, which can only be accomplished with this new system, enables dentists who use it to accurately measure both occlusal timing and force. What does that mean for you? Your bite, along with every other aspect of your dental care, can be perfected in an astonishingly short amount of time. Let’s take a closer look at what this system is allowing dentists to accomplish.

Benefits of T-Scan Occlusal Analysis

Ever since dentistry as we know it came into being, a number of different methods have been used in an attempt to accurately measure occlusion, which is defined as the manner in which the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed. Occlusion has everything to do with the way your mouth and jaws feel, and it also plays a part in the way your entire face looks. While occlusal timing and force may be partially measured with such tools as articulation paper, pressure indicator paste, and waxes, much guesswork is involved with these methods, since they are not sensitive enough to detect simultaneous contact, nor is a single method capable of measuring both biting time and force. The T-Scan Occlusal Analysis System, however, is capable of measuring all three factors with complete accuracy, enabling dentists to effectively reduce the risk of many secondary problems associated with malocclusion.

These problems can be severe and painful, not to mention extremely costly in terms of both time and money. They include:

  • Failed Dental Implants
  • Severe and Painful Gum Recession
  • Traumatized or Notched Teeth
  • TMJ Pain and Discomfort
  • Tooth Fractures
  • Porcelain Restoration Failure
  • Unstable Splints

How T-Scan Occlusal Analysis Works

If you think that something so technologically advanced requires long hours in the dental chair, or if you’re afraid that the technology might be overly invasive, think again. At the heart of the analyzer is an extremely thin, flexible, disposable sensor, which is placed in your mouth. Your dentist will ask you to make specific biting and chewing motions, which will enable the computer’s software to generate and display a 3-D view of your bite. After this, the bite can be easily adjusted, and the sensor can be used again to ensure completed work has been successful. Your dentist will continue to repeat the procedure until your biting force has been equalized. Completely safe and effective, this important diagnostic tool has revolutionized the way dental professionals work, leaving you with a comfortable bite and better looking teeth in an amazingly short amount of time.