What is T-Scan?

Technology has transformed many aspects of our lives, and dental care is no exception. At Solid BiteSM in Melbourne FL, our state-of-the-art office is equipped with some of the best new technology in dentistry so you can enjoy the highest standard of care currently available. Dr. Lee Sheldon is skilled in computerized bite analysis, a technology that is not available in every dental office. He uses T-Scan diagnostics to measure occlusal force easily and accurately. What is occlusal force, and why is it important to you?

The oral cavity is supported by an infinitely complex structure of muscles, ligaments, and bones. Ideally, all of these components work together harmoniously, and the force on your teeth when you bite down is balanced. When the force becomes imbalanced, chronic pain and a variety of dental problems can ensue. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Tooth wear
  • Bruxism
  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Failure of dental restorations
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity

Traditionally, occlusal analysis involved a considerable amount of guesswork. Methods such as pressure indicator paste, waxes, and articulation paper can be inaccurate. None of the traditional diagnostic techniques measure both time and force of biting pressure.

T-Scan, by Tekscan Inc. provides a highly detailed, multi-dimensional image with precision accuracy. The system includes a special device, which utilizes ultra-thin, disposable sensors. The unit transfers the data to an animated digital image, mapping the force and timing of pressure. Dr. Sheldon can see exactly where the problem is, and how severe it is, so he can easily devise a customized treatment plan.

Better, faster diagnostics make for better, faster treatment. This system will help pinpoint the problem instantly, for fast relief. This system is also used after restorations are placed, to verify the bite force is evenly balanced, for optimal comfort and longevity of your dental work. It makes dental procedures more efficient and comfortable by eliminating multiple trips for adjustment. Dr. Sheldon believes in getting it right the first time, and T-Scan helps him do just that!

Call (321) 622-2402 and ask how a simple bite analysis can increase your comfort and oral health by eliminating destructive forces that can cause pain and damage.

Lee N. Sheldon, DMD