How The T-Scan Helps Diagnose TMJ For Houston Dental Patients
Around the world, millions of people suffer from what at first is a small problem of improper occlusion. Put simply, when your teeth do not bite properly it may cause a number of issues starting with TMJ and extending to headaches, neck pain, and other issues that can go on for years without proper diagnosis.
It may seem odd at first that a small misalignment in your jaw may cause pain to occur over a period of time, but the truth is that biting down with even pressure is very important when it comes to avoiding this type of pain.
The Benefits of Proper Occlusion
When you are biting down evenly because your teeth and jaw are aligned in the correct manner, your muscles do not have to work harder to compensate if one side or the other is off. If you have an improper bite, or occlusion, the muscles in your jaw have to compensate by applying addition pressure to one side. When this happens over time, you may suffer symptoms from headaches to pain in the jaw or mouth region because the muscles are overworked.
Imagine chewing gum only on one side of your mouth. Over time, the muscles on that side will be worked far more than the other side and the result is soreness, pain, and aches. The same is true when the occlusion of your teeth is not properly aligned. Depending on a number of factors, even a small misalignment may cause serious pain over the long term.
For those who may be suffering from pain in the mouth or jaw or headaches that do not have an obvious explanation, it may be the result of poor dental occlusion.
What Causes Unbalanced Occlusion to Occur?
There are a number of reasons why you may not be biting down evenly which can cause painful issues over time. Some of the most common signs or symptoms from this condition include, but are not limited to the following:
Damaged Bridges or Crowns
Teeth Grinding at Night
Greater Tooth Sensitivity
Headaches and Neck Pain
A misalignment may develop over time or happen suddenly for a number of reasons. It was not long ago that diagnosing the source of these issues as dental occlusion was difficult due to the limited nature of the equipment present. Today, that has all changed thanks in large part to the introduction of the T-Scan system.
What is the T-Scan?
This is a device that provides the best in occlusion analysis. It examines the alignment of your teeth when biting down to ensure that the pressure is evenly spread. The T-Scan represents state-of-the-art technology that creates a far more accurate result than could previously be obtained. The device is designed specifically to identify occlusion issues.
Essentially, the system works by creating a real time recording of the teeth coming into contact with a three-dimensional viewing. As the patient bites down and moves their teeth from side to side or backwards and forwards, the data becomes viewable to the dentists at intervals of one-hundredth of a second for up to 10 seconds of recording. When combined with the sensor technology that is grid-based, the result is a very easy and accurate system of measuring the timing and force of the occlusion.
Before, it was more a matter of artistry as dentists used a mold to simulate as close as possible the conditions that were creating the occlusion. Old-fashioned approaches like pressure indicator paste, wax, and articulation paper offer some semblance of accuracy, but such methods that were followed with adjusting (filing) teeth, crowns, or other manual replacement processes made it highly inconsistent. What may have worked well in one case may be considerably off in another. This is because the old-fashioned methods do not take into account the true measurement of time and force like the T-Scan system.
Why You Should Consider a Dentist with a T-Scan System
If you are suffering from painful headaches, neck aches, or other symptoms associated with improper occlusion, you should consider visiting a dentist who has a T-Scan system so you can have the alignment of your teeth checked.
Simple Process: Because the T-Scan system uses software that can be placed on a laptop, the entire procedure is very easy to set up. In fact, it can be done right in the office and in just a few minutes the results will be known.
Fast: The entire process from start to finish generally takes less than five minutes. This is because the occlusion can be fully scanned and identified because it combines all the necessary information into one simple read out that the dentist can examine. If improper occlusion is present, the dentist will see it and start making the necessary treatments for it.
Accurate Readings: Once the scans are completed, the source of the improper occlusion can be readily identified and treated. This means that such a system can reduce failures of implants, dentures that become unstable, ineffective splints, fractures of porcelain crowns, and the discomfort you feel all caused by this particular condition.
The readings themselves can be easily stored and used years in the future to show any changes that have taken place and to guide the dentist in future procedures to help avoid occlusion issues that may cause considerable pain.
In the end, the feeling of being pain-free from occlusion issues can make all the difference in your well-being. It is more than worth seeking out a dentist who operates a T-Scan so that you can have your bite checked and spot any misalignment issues that may be causing you headaches, neck pain, or other discomfort. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, find a dentist with the T-Scan system and get checked out as soon as possible.
Our dentists at New Teeth Dental Solutions take pride in being able to offer the latest dental treatments and technology. We have invested in the T-Scan to provide patients with the very best TMJ diagnostic tool on the market.
Call today to schedule your initial appointment. This could be the solution you’ve been searching for! Our T-Scan is available in Houston as well as our new office in League City, TX.