If you’ve been to the dentist before, chances are good you’ve bitten down on those blue strips of carbon paper and were instructed to carefully grind your teeth back and forth. Known as an articulating paper, this technique helps dentists analyze where teeth contact each other and determine if there are any bite imbalances.
But it may be a thing of the past.
Tyler Dental Care announced the implementation of a new hardware and software system that improves the Dr. Dowd’s ability to diagnose and treat bite imbalances for patients. Called the T-Scan® Novus™, it’s dentistry’s only digital analysis system for occlusal issues (contact between teeth).
Dr. Dowd can now digitally view your bite for the most accurate results possible.
WHAT IS TEKSCAN?
Tekscan, or T-Scan, is a valuable tool that aids in diagnosing problems with a person’s bite. The T-Scan system can show what is and what is not functioning properly when a person bites down. When a bite is unstable it can cause pain, broken restorations, gum disease, tooth loss, headaches, and TMJ disorder.
The T-Scan device includes an ultra-thin sensor that a patient bites down on. The computer then analyzes and displays the data. Because the sensor technology is so advanced, the T-Scan can detect both biting time and force. This will allow your doctor to correct any bite issues without the guesswork previously needed and reduce the number of office visits you will need to have your occlusion (bite) corrected.
Basically, the software is helpful for treating bite imbalances that can cause the following:
● Muscle spasms
● Broken or excessively worn teeth
● Bone loss around the teeth
● Loose teeth and teeth that fall out
Furthermore, the software is extremely helpful for people with dental implants, as diagnosis can lead to treatment for more comfortable chewing, minimized uneven stresses that cause loose and broken screws, and preventing broken implants. Overall, it opens up more diagnosis possibilities than carbon paper.
T-Scan is also a great visual aid that helps patients to better understand their occlusion and the treatments that may be necessary to balance bite forces.
If you’d like to know more about the T-Scan Novice — or if you have any of the symptoms above and would like to know if you have bite imbalances — schedule a consultation with us today!