According to modern dentistry, dental occlusion represents the relation between the upper and lower teeth when they are in functional contact, for example during mastication. The way the horizontal (occlusal) surfaces of the teeth come in contact affects the health of the teeth, the periodontal tissues, the muscles of mastication, and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When pathological dental contacts are present, all these structures are affected and can lead to many complications, like dental mobility, bleeding gums, gum recession, etc.
Periodontal disease and teeth grinding (bruxism) caused by a dysfunctional occlusion (byte) and dental plaque are the most frequent causes of gum recession and dental mobility.
Only by adopting a complex treatment in which we “correct the byte” and heal and regenerate the gum and periodontal tissues that support our teeth we can reach good and long lasting results.
If we do only an antimicrobial treatment and we focus only on the hygiene of the mouth we risk to overlook the most important element of the problem.
In order to stop the destruction of the tissues that surround natural teeth and dental implants and in order to maintain their current integrity, we must use a technique that stimulates tissue regeneration using its own cells – the Electronic Doctor Technique.
Even if we manage to regenerate the tissues they can be altered again if excessive forces arise on the teeth during mastication. These forces are transmitted to the gum and periodontal tissues surrounding the teeth doing damage.
In most dentistry practices, the occlusion is managed using the classic test with “articulation paper”. This paper colors the teeth when we bite on it, but does not show the order in which these markings appear and neither the intensity of the forces that arise during the byte.
If we do not use electronic techniques the person that decides what tooth is too tall and should be polished to cut down its size in order to reduce the byte forces, is not the dentist but the patient who cannot have an objective view and often indicates the tooth on which he feels the first contact. Often this “first contact” is preceded by one or more very fast but excessive contacts on other teeth which neither the patient or the “articulating paper” can spot.
In many cases in which only “articulating paper” and not electronic test is used, the selective polishing of teeth can even be harmful because it destabilizes the occlusion.
The muscles of mastication cannot properly relax without a correct closing of the teeth. This leads to diffuse muscle pain in the head that can easily be mistaken for a migraine.
Most patients presenting this problem are amazed of how quickly the unbearable migraines disappear and how relaxed they begin to feel after polishing off the right tooth surface that creates excessive forces during mastication. The precise measurements offered by electronic measurements are mandatory in patients that are about or have already got dental implants.
The T Scan III System uses state of the art technology that allows the electronic detection of the pathological dental contacts in both repose and dynamic. In addition, it shows the forces that arise during the bite on every single tooth, forces that can’t be identified by the “articulation paper”. Studies demonstrated that the efficiency of the T Scan measurements is over 90%.