A proper bite (occlusion) is just as, if not more important than having straight teeth. When teeth do not fit together properly a person is more susceptible to excessive or uneven tooth wear, tooth fracture, periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and muscle pain as well as headaches. Traditionally, orthodontists and dentists use bite registration film to evaluate contact marks on a patient’s teeth. These marks only show the doctor where the teeth made contact. It does not indicate how much force was placed on each mark, and there is no way to know at what point in time during the bite that the teeth contacted each mark. Drs. Carroll and Sutton utilize computerized occlusal analysis to do just that.
The T-Scan III is the only clinical diagnostic device available that senses and analyzes bite force contacts. The doctor first guides the patient into the proper bite position (known as centric relation) on to the ultra-thin sensor, and then through normal side to side and forward jaw movements. He then uses the computerized analysis to locate interferences, heavy and improper tooth contacts. These are then corrected orthodontically or by minor reshaping of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The result is a bite that is as healthy as possible. Dr. Carroll and Dr. Sutton also utilize the T-Scan when making occlusal orthotics (bite splints, night guards) for patients suffering from TMD pain and headaches.