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T-Scan Technology Helps Dentists Treat Bite Problems

More than 20 percent of Americans can benefit from teeth alignment treatment, according to Pioneer Valley Dental founder and dentist, Dr. Thomas K. Broadbent. Dr. Broadbent says a T-Scan, a computerized bite analysis treatment, is used to diagnose and treat teeth and jaw alignment problems like malocclusion and occlusal disharmony.

“Malocclusion involves the misalignment of your teeth and jaws when you bite. Occlusion is the relationship between the contact between the upper and lower teeth, as occurs during chewing or at rest. When alignment is perfect, biting and grinding teeth should have minimal or no unbalanced force and the chewing forces are balanced and distributed equally throughout the dentition through all chewing motions. Both jaw joints are centered and chewing muscles are relaxed, resulting in the absence of muscular headaches and neckaches.  Proper tooth alignment can make it easier and less painful to eat and sleep,” says Dr. Broadbent.

T-Scan instruments are used to measure the force and timing of potential bite problems like malocclusion and occlusion. The T-Scan device is placed inside the patient’s mouth. The patient then bites into a sensor that provides the dentist with data about what’s happening with the patient’s bite. 

“When a bite is unstable, it can break teeth, cause pain and even damage to your teeth as well as the important bony and soft tissue structures supporting the teeth. An unbalanced bite is frequently associated with temperature sensitive teeth. Using a T-Scan can help determine the etiology of gum tissue recession around teeth, implant failure, ineffective splints, unstable dentures, tooth damage from unrelated forces and traumatized teeth. That’s why the T-Scan is such a valuable tool for diagnosis and treatment,” says Dr. Broadbent.

The first T-Scan was developed at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine by Dr. Robert Kerstein in 1984.  These devices were used on patients with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, a chronic pain in the jaw. Dentists later found that T-Scans were effective at diagnosing bite problems like malocclusion and occlusion. Before T-Scans, diagnosis of malocclusion or occlusion was difficult, and dentists treated patients using mouth guards. These made it easier for patients to not grind their teeth and have less pain.  Now, it’s a different story.

“Many people have problems grinding their teeth at night or chattering, and it’s common for people to ignore treatment from a dentist.  Any misalignment of the teeth or jaws can result in occlusal problems and all the related symptoms of headache, muscle ache, and toothache which result.. The T-Scan can help dentists quickly understand the cause of the problem. For initial treatment, patients are usually given a retainer at night to help prevent them from grinding their teeth. The most common definitive treatment is a mild reshaping of the chewing surfaces (sometimes the slightest discrepancy is the culprit) of the teeth which are not in correct bite balance with the correct jaw alignment.  This is called an occlusal adjustment.  Other patients may receive orthodontic treatment (braces) to help fix tooth alignment,” said Dr. Broadbent.

Dr. Broadbent graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1981, and is the founder of Pioneer Valley Dental.



West Valley City Dentist | T-Scan Technology Helps Dentists Treat Bite Problems. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.