One of the recent advancements which is now implemented at Palencia Dental is the only digital occlusal analysis system called the T-Scan®. The computerized device and software system provides dynamic measurements with the exact level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite. This helps dental patients with pinpointing bite interferences while providing greater accuracy and less potential pain.
Dr. Kinsey uses the T-Scan system in her practice to help patients understand the importance and science of developing healthy bite management with greater efficiency and precision when adjusting natural teeth and prosthetics. For example, periodontal treatments are more accurate and requires less time checking the presence of prematurities in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontics, and more. The system can help to avoid discomfort and identify and quickly eliminate destructive forces, reduce tooth mobility to relieve muscle stress, and fit orthotic appliances properly during the first appointment
Also, when a patient is being fitted for orthodontics, dentures, bridges and crowns, analyzing occlusal forces becomes necessary for successful treatment outcomes. The T-Scan can provide digital bite force data that shows when and how teeth come into contact, which helps identify premature contacts, stability issues, and causes of sore spots. Also, digital occlusal analysis can provide dentists with a comprehensive approach to treatment. It can also ensure dental prostheses are in balance with the natural occlusal surfaces to minimize fractured porcelain, broken prostheses, bruxing, clenching or grinding along with interferences and uncomfortable high spots, to name a few.
Traditionally, dental occlusion has been a matter of artistry and close-as-possible mold and filling creation for dentists and their staff, using antiquated materials like articulation paper, wax, and pressure indicator paste. The mold-making process was then followed up by a manual filling, crown or replacement method which resulted in inconsistencies. These techniques eliminated the opportunity for the doctor to measure time and force, the way the new sensor technology method allows.
The T-Scan connects directly to laptops and computers in each operating room and office, allowing analysis of each patient’s bite after approximately five minutes of development. The vivid display and detailed graphic imagery make determining the balance of each patient’s perfect bite simple to adjust and create. Data can then be printed for patient files, education, and insurance documentation. Most importantly, the advanced system helps to reduce the experience of implant failure, traumatized teeth, unstable dentures, ineffective splints, porcelain fractures, and overall patient discomfort.