Today every patient has a unique opportunity to receive dental treatment using computerized diagnostics. It enables evaluation of the normal occlusal forces distribution and identification of ideal occlusal contacts between opposing maxillary and mandibular teeth. T-Scan is a one-of-the-kind computerized system used to determine and evaluate premature occlusal contacts.
Occlusal misalignment and premature maxillary and mandibular contacts can cause:
- pabnormal enamel attrition;
- early loss of teeth;
- deformation or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint;
- chipping of PMF crowns, zirconium oxide and other types of dental prosthetics;
- significantly reduced life-span of dental prosthetics;
- reduced life-span of implant prostheses.
A person can sense premature contact of 9 micron (a hair's breadth). Therefore, using articulation paper to indicated occlusal contacts is highly inaccurate.
Specialized computer program analyses the following parameters of patient’s oral cavity:
- maxillary and mandibular occlusal forces distribution;
- identifying premature antagonistic tooth contacts;
- measuring output of the masticatory muscles;
- occlusion time;
- teeth movement abnormalities.
T-Scan diagnostics is painless. The patient bites into the wafer-like sensor. The data are immediately displayed on the special computerized 3D graph. The device records a video of the dental occlusion including activity and output of the masticatory muscles so that the clinician could identify and treat abnormal occlusion to a precision of 0.001 sec and 0.1 mm.
T-Scan diagnostic identifies premature contacts and teeth with no force level exerted on those teeth during occlusion. Occlusal force abnormalities in dental arch units can lead to chipping of porcelain prostheses. Due to high precision measuring of all occlusal parameters, we can safely argue the improved implants osseointegration and durability of the said restorations.
Furthermore, it should be noted, that T-Scan can also be used in preventive care to identify early stages of occlusal force balance abnormalities.