T-Scan™: Digital Bite Analysis for Accurate Treatment
All elements of your oral and maxillofacial structures are designed to work together harmoniously. When a single aspect is not functioning as it should, it can lead to serious oral health issues, such as tooth erosion, bruxism (teeth grinding), TMJ disorder, and more.
Therefore, when your occlusion (the way your teeth fit together) is off, it can cause a domino effect of easily-preventable problems. In years past, occlusion was assessed manually using articulating paper, which helps the dentist visualize areas of excessive pressure in your bite. At Cosmetic Dentistry of Knoxville, Dr. Ruth E. Bailey uses T-Scan™ digital bite analysis by Tekscan. This revolutionary system shows the exact amount of force on each tooth.
How Does T-Scan Work?
The T-Scan system by Tekscan is a handheld unit that connects to a computer monitor. To check a patient’s bite, an ultra-thin, disposable sensor is inserted into the device. The patient then bites down onto the sensor while the diagnostic software records all of the forces, no matter how subtle. Once the occlusion has been analyzed, Dr. Bailey can make minor but precise adjustments to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to balance the occlusion.
T-Scan Reduces Office Visits
One of the most significant benefits to using T-Scan is the accuracy of the device.. For example, traditional methods may require multiple dental visits until the occlusion can be perfected and honed. With T-Scan, any necessary occlusal adjustments can often be performed in a single visit.
T-Scan Can Aid in TMJ Treatment
In addition to recording bite patterns, T-Scan can also record delicate jaw movements. Therefore, patients experiencing TMJ pain can benefit from this diagnostic tool, as it can help Dr. Bailey determine the proper balance for custom oral appliances and splints.
Contact Us to Learn More
As the field of dentistry evolves, we strive to change with it. By staying up to date on all the latest technologies, we can provide our patients with the highest level of care possible. To learn more about T-Scan by Tekscan, or any of our other advanced diagnostic tools, contact us online or give us a call at 865-588-1294.