Digital Occlusion Analysis
When you hear about occlusion, your first thought might be of articulating paper. It is the analog method of identifying bite imbalances and offers no objective data. During this process, ink is left on the teeth after the patient’s occlusal planes come into contact. What it doesn’t tell you is how much force was applied to create each ink spot. This creates occlusion confusion for the dentist, but this can now be solved using a Digital Occlusion Analysis Scan like T-Scan™.
What Is A Digital Occlusion Analysis Scan?
A Digital Occlusion Analysis Scan like T-Scan provides the data that articulating paper cannot. For instance, T-Scan can show you exactly where the occlusion is occurring in the mouth, and also the amount of force between the teeth. T-Scan provides accurate and actionable data that articulating paper cannot, giving you the ability to analyze and treat occlusion with confidence.
In summary, it is a dynamic occlusal measurement system that reveals the level, timing, and location of force in individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite.
How Does Digital Occlusion Analysis Work?
An ultrathin intraoral sensor captures and records the patient’s bite allowing you to analyze force, timing, and location of contacts in both arches in different moments of the treatment. For example, you can perform a diagnosis at the first consultation, provisionals, end of treatment, and splint adjustments. It is a diagnostic process to analyze the patient’s bite.
Occlusion Analyst Scanners like T-Scan can help you identify imbalances in a patient’s bite and high-pressure points that can lead to pain and damage to natural teeth, restorations, and implants.
An Occlusion Analyst Scanner takes a “movie” or a scan of the bite as the teeth come in and out of contact—revealing the forces on each tooth on the dentition, measuring the balance and distribution as it goes. Since it has a timing element, you can evaluate premature contacts, working, and non-working interferences, and more. These data allow you to be more accurate and efficient at occlusal analysis.
Why Incorporate The Digital Occlusion Data?
T-Scan’s digital occlusion analysis can be incorporated into a digital impression to give you an accurate image of the patient’s bite, complete with actual force measurements. Consequently, as T-Scan data is now integrated into the DSDApp patient documentation, you can easily access the occlusion data, analyze this data during your Smile Design, and adapt your design and treatment options accordingly.
Adding data about force and symmetry to a digital impression can certainly enhance your ability to diagnose and treat bite issues.
Not only can you instantly identify the occlusion issues and educate your patients on his/hers, but by combining the visualization of occlusion analysis with the esthetic principles of facially driven smile designs, you are then able to propose the ideal position of teeth and gum for your patients!
How Do You Connect T-Scan And The DSDApp?
The initial stage of integration is to allow saving and visualizing T-Scan bite recordings in DSDApp patient documentation. As a result, it brings more information for you to motivate and educate your patient about your treatment recommendations. Take advantage of the innovation to improve your communication with your patient and create a differentiated dental experience.
“T-Scan technology is critical to making sure the bite is where I want it. In my area, I am getting known as the “bite guy”, because I routinely use the technology to take care of balance-of-force and bite timing issues.” – Dr. Ben Sutter
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