Tek scans, also known as T-scan, are making dentists more comfortable with their patients’ mouths. The T-scan is a sensor that is shaped like a ‘U’ and is inserted into a patient’s mouth. Once inserted, the patient bites down on the sensor, which then measures the force of the patients bite. The sensor also measures which parts of the patients bite are functioning in the correct manner and which parts are not. Once the sensor is in the patients’ mouth and the patient is biting down, the sensor immediately begins recording data. The sensor allows dentists to track the force of the patients bite from the initial touch to the full force of the patients bite. The data recorded from the sensor then goes to a computer where it is displayed for the dentist to see. The dentist can now see where the patients’ problem areas are, or where they will be soon.
Dentists know that when a patient’s bite is unstable it can cause serious problems. A few of these problems are pain, gum disease, headaches, tooth loss, TMJ disorder, and broken restorations such as fillings. Using the T-Scan, dentists can help prevent many of these problems and can help restore patients trust in their dentist. Dentists can also finish patients’ cases with confidence, knowing that they have helped their patient to the best of their ability.
The T-Scan can be used at any time. Dentists can use them during regular patient check-ups or during emergency visits. This will also allow dentists to detect any problems that may be beginning to form. The sensor in the T-scan can identify early contact between teeth or unbalanced contact, which should be corrected as soon as possible. Because of this new and wonderful technology in the world of dentistry, dentists can now properly fix and adjust their patients teeth without having to guess which teeth are meeting too soon.
Patients whose dentists use the T-scans can also rest assured that the sensor will not stick to their teeth. Veneers and restorations will easily lift off of the sensor, allowing dentists’ full confidence in the tool they are using for their patients teeth.