Robert Hughes Newsletter T-Scan Technology
Do you regularly experience jaw pain, popping or clicking in your jaw, or chronic headaches and migraines? Is waking up in the morning with jaw and neck pain a regular occurrence? Have you noticed your teeth become worn down or felt more teeth sensitivity than normal?
If these symptoms sound familiar, you should know that your dentist’s practice is one of the only practices in Oklahoma with the technology and advanced training necessary to solve these specific problems. Dr. Hughes accomplishes that with the help of the T-Scan.
This month, we’ll be discussing how the T-Scan works and how your dentist provides this superior level of care to patients.
In these times, people are more likely to keep their teeth longer than ever before. In the past, the biggest problem in dentistry was tooth loss caused by decay. Now that more people are keeping their teeth longer, one of the biggest problems patients face is teeth fracturing and accelerated wear and tear.
Imagine biting into a food that typically requires a good amount of bite force, such as a piece of steak. The average human uses anywhere from 150 to 200 pounds per square inch (psi) to chew that steak. Now, imagine if all that bite force was not being evenly distributed throughout the entire mouth. For example, if one tooth was hitting another tooth improperly, that causes significant stress not only on both teeth, but on the jaw and temporomandibular joint as well.
When the occlusion, or bite, is not correct or misaligned in any way, it’s considered a malocclusion. This can happen naturally when teeth grow in crooked or it can be caused by a restoration that isn’t seated properly, such as a dental crown. For these reasons, your dentist uses high-tech devices to catch these problems and help patients treat their symptoms.
Have you ever been to a restaurant where the table wobbled, so you used a napkin to help balance it out? Your dentist does the same thing when he uses the T-scan, a diagnostic tool designed to analyze how the bite fits together. The only difference is instead of fixing a four-legged table, he’s fixing a table with 28 legs, (i.e. a mouth with 28 teeth.)
The system works by measuring the amount of pressure that’s occurring when biting. When a patient bites down, the handset collects information about the way the teeth come together. This helps Dr. Hughes achieve an informed diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan for patients suffering from symptoms related to a poor bite.
Once interferences in your bite are removed through treatment, patients will expect far less friction whenever their biting down. That means the typical symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorder will cease, including:
- Jaw, neck, and back pain
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Earaches and hearing loss
- Grinding and popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Inability to move or extend the jaw properly
Additionally, patients can avoid accidentally chipping, cracking, breaking, or otherwise fracturing their teeth when malocclusions are addressed. The sooner the issue is resolved, the less wear and tear will occur.
With Dr. Hughes’s advanced training and 30 years of dedication studying malocclusions with some of the best leaders in the field, he can see the problems that you and many other dentists can’t. If you’re experiencing symptoms caused by a poor bite, the T-Scan can help change your life or a loved one’s life for the better. We hope you come into the office soon and take advantage of Dr. Hughes’s unique treatment solutions!