Bite Test With T-Scan™
Occlusion is the technical dental term for the way the upper and lower teeth meet when you bite. Ideally, all teeth should meet one another at about the same time and with equal force on each tooth. An unbalanced occlusion, also called a malocclusion or bad bite, happens when the teeth come together at different times with different force placed on each tooth. When the teeth do not meet each other at the same time and with uneven force, the bite is said to be unbalanced. Unbalanced bites can lead to pain, tooth damage, and TMJD.
For many years, dentists used to use articulating paper to analyze the bites of their patients. Articulating paper is a thin paper strip covered in dye and wax that was placed between the teeth to record how they made contact when the patient bit down. Although articulating paper could record how the teeth met and give clues to how much force was exerted on the teeth during the bite, dentists were often left guessing about occlusion. This guessing impacted how patients were treated, as dentists made treatment decisions without the best or most accurate information. For some individuals, these meant lengthy treatments or treatments that did not address the root cause of the bite problem.
While some dentists still use articulating paper to make guesses about bite occlusion, Dr. George uses state-of-the-art T-Scan™ technology for bite analysis, and to help with diagnosis and treatment of dental malocclusion. The T-Scan™ is a diagnostic device that measures your bite dynamics and allows Dr. George to easily see how teeth make contact and the force applied to each tooth during that contact. The T-Scan™ gives Dr. George the ability to take a closer look at the bite and gives an analysis of the problem areas that are causing a patient pain and discomfort.
The T-Scan™ is dentistry’s only clinically recognized and research validated digital occlusion analysis system. The T-Scan™ system provides dynamic occlusal measurement- revealing not only the level and timing of force on individual teeth, but also the stability of the patient’s overall bite.
The T-Scan™ is a small hand-held device which quickly analyzes the bite and displays the information on a computer. Using this device, Dr. George has been able to quickly diagnose issues with the bite and accurately identify problem areas with complete confidence. T-Scan™ technology not only helps to diagnose the problem areas of a patient’s bite, but also helps patients understand the causes of their pain. The T-Scan™ also gives Dr. George the ability to design a highly personalized treatment plan to fix the problems with the bite and relieve pain and discomfort.
Have your bite analyzed with T-Scan™ technology today! Schedule your appointment by calling 724-934-3422.