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Harpenden Dentist - Wayside Dental Practice
22, Jan 2021

According to the official Tekscan website the T-Scan system is dentistry’s “only clinically recognised and research validated digital occlusion analysis system”. If that sounds a bit of mouthful, well, this blog is here to explain what that means and exactly how having your bite analysed by T-Scan can help your teeth, dental treatment and overall dental health.

The T-Scan Bite Analysis represents the cutting-edge of modern dentistry. At Wayside Dentalin Harpenden, Hertfordshire, we use the T-Scan’s advanced digital software to safely and accurately analyse how our patients’ teeth and bite react when the biting surfaces of teeth come together.

The T-Scan system from Tekscan is an extremely sophisticated hand-held device that measures the biting surfaces of your teeth when they come together and thus the pressure placed on each individual tooth. It also records all the movements of your teeth. The thin sensor on the device sends all this information, in real-time, to your Wayside Dental dentist’s computer where the dentist is presented with a series of images and graphs detailing the recorded data.

The really exciting part, from a dental perspective, is how we can use the wealth of data produced by the T-Scan. Compared to how we used to measure a patient’s bite, using the equivalent of carbon paper to record information, it’s like comparing a telegram with an iphone. At Wayside Dentalwe use the data to show us which teeth experience excessive force, how this effects tooth restorations, how the foundations of your jaw, teeth and mouth interact and so on, to help intricately plan your dental work across many different types of treatment.

Why is your bite important?

At Wayside Dental you may hear us talk about “dental occlusion” this simply means the contact between your teeth when you close your jaw, i.e. yourbite. When your bite is out of balance, it can lead to tooth and jaw pain, night-time teeth grinding, neck pain & headaches and excessive wear on your teeth. Data from the T-Scan means we can pinpoint with complete precsion and accuracy exactly which teeth need treatment and in what way.

Symptoms of bite imbalances can include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Migraines
  • Pain in the jaw, shoulders, neck or back
  • Loose teeth
  • Fractured cusps of teeth
  • Filling dislocation
  • Poorly balanced dentures

Because we take a proactive approach to our patient’s dental care we routinely offer the T-Scan Bite Analysis to patients undergoing practically all dental treatments, including: fillings, dentures, crowns & bridges, veneers, implants and orthodontics.

What are the benefits of a T-Scan Bite Assessment?

  • Accurate diagnoses of disruptive and interfering biting contacts between top and bottom teeth.
  • Helps prevent dental implant failures.
  • Protects crowns, bridges and veneers.
  • Helps in planning full mouth restorations.
  • Identifies denture rocking for more stable dentures.
  • Improves dental treatment results for the long term.
  • Fewer post-operative complications and problems for dental implant patients in particular.
  • A more stable and balanced bite.
  • A stable bite means a stable jaw with balanced facial muscles.
  • Precise monitoring of changes in bite occurring over time.
  • Repetitive tooth adjustments and repeat dental visits are kept to a minimum, saving you time and money.
  • Less chances for teeth to accidentally break or fracture.

Wayside Dental Care is known for investing in and providing the most cutting-edge dentistry available and the T-Scan system is very much part of this vision. Better dental planning means better dental outcomes for our patients.

If you’re interested in more information on our T-Scan Bite Analysis why not ask about it at your next appointment. To bookplease call 01582 712 470 or email us at practicemanager@waysidedental.co.uk