Balance Your Bite & Prevent A Wide Range of Dental Problems with T-Scan III Technology
This case example shows the dental forces are nearly 50/50 left to right, information that only the T-Scan system can give you.
What is Balanced Occlusion?
Dental occlusion refers to the way your teeth meet when you bite together. All teeth should come in contact with one another simultaneously with minimal force. When this does not happen, your occlusion is unbalanced and problems may result. Effects of Poor Occlusion include:
- Damaged restorations (crowns, bridges)
- Excess force on implants can lead to early failure
- Teeth can become loose or gums may recede
- TMJ Syndrome is related to clicking, grinding or pain in your jaw joints, ringing or buzzing in your ears, and difficulty in opening or closing your mouth, which could all be due to your teeth not meeting each other properly
- Flattened, worn teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Continual sensitivity of your teeth to temperature change
How Can Your Bite Become Balanced?
An occlusal exam is very easy. You simply bite down on a thin sensor, which is comfortably shaped to fit the arch of your mouth. Vivid graphics display tooth contact data immediately and accurately, highlighting each tooth and the force level exerted on that tooth during occlusion. This allows you and your dentist to immediately visualize problem area before you leave the chair that day.
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Research, Myths and Facts About Dental Occlusion
With articulation paper marks, there is no scientific correlation between the depth of the color and the mark, its surface area, amount of force, or the contact timing sequence that results as that paper mark is made. The T-Scan III Occlusal Analysis system quickly and precisely determines the amount of force within a given paper mark. The software graphically displays both forceful and time premature contacts to the user for predictable occlusal control during adjustment procedure.
In new research undertaken at the University of Alberta by Carey JP, Craig M, Kerstein RB, and Radke J, the following conclusion is drawn: “No direct relationship between paper mark area and applied load could be found. When selecting teeth to adjust, an operator should not assume the size of paper markings can accurately describing the markings’ occlusal contact force content.”
Myth: The size of a paper mark indicates force content.
Fact: The size shows surface area only.
Myth: The color intensity of a paper mark indicates force content.
Fact: The color intensity has to do with the ability of the paper to ink up teeth.
Myth: A “scratch-like” paper mark is an artifact.
Fact: The scratches are very often times premature contacts.
Myth: When all teeth in one arch show paper marks, then all the teeth are hitting at the same time.
Fact: Paper gives an “endpoint stamp” of tooth contact order, which “looks like” the teeth all hit at the same time – actual contact sequence and contact simultaneity cannot be determined from paper.
Myth: When the patient states “it feels good, Dr.” the bite is balanced.
Fact: Patient perceptions are very poor indicators of occlusal balance.
Myth: Paper markings that are similar in shape and size are similar in force content.
Fact: No study has ever shown that similar markings contain similar forces.
Myth: Force and time can be “read” off paper markings.
Fact: It can’t be done without the T-Scan