Your dentist can perform a bite analysis to determine whether a patient has a bad bite, or if an occlusion disorder exists. If your teeth do not fit together just right, it can cause alignment issues, damage to your teeth and gums, and painful jaw joint problems now and in the future.
When your doctor performs a bite analysis, he will measure the teeth’s stability and what level of force is exerted by each individual tooth. He will also use diagnostic imaging to see how the teeth, jaw, and muscles work together, and what can be concluded from the images. If an occlusion disorder is ignored and the problems progress, the damage can become very painful, and in some cases debilitating. It is important to get proper oral health care so that you can live a healthier life.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your dentist will do his best to provide you with an in-depth analysis of your bite with state-of-the-art technology. You can expect to have diagnostic, digital x-rays and imaging, a 3D scan, a bite study, and a physical examination of your jaw and mouth at your bite analysis appointment.
You may seek a bite analysis to see what type of dysfunction or disorder of the jaw exists, and here are some of the most common signs:
- Worn, cracked, broken teeth
- Uneven, crooked teeth
- Tightness and soreness in the jawline
- Inappropriately loose teeth
- Receding gum lines
- Clenching and grinding teeth when asleep or stressed out (bruxism)
- Clicking or popping in the jaw while chewing, talking, or yawning
Less Pain, More Smiles
Your doctor can analyze and diagnose occlusal abnormalities, jaw disorders, dental issues, and overbites/underbites with bite analysis. Many of these dental problems cause patients pain, and dentists want to help each one find the answers to give proper treatment.
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Digital Bite Analysis
Digital bite analysis, also known as DTR exam (Disclusion Time Reduction) in conjunction with new technologies (Tek-scan in tandem with and EMG link) allows the dentist to identify bite discrepancies by measuring the muscle activity and tooth contacts profile in a dynamic manner.
Using Tek-scan to perform DTR exam allows the clinician to:
- Identify overly engaged contacts during excursive movements
- Evaluate how muscles are firing during bite cycles
- Verify occlusal contacts that could be contributing to TMD symptoms
- Use data to guide adjustment procedures
- Objectively analyze the timing of disclusion
Prolonged muscles contraction (bruxism or clenching) will lead to overload and premature breakdown of the chewing system (occlusal disease). Occlusal disease is destructive and progressive.
Untreated occlusal disease can lead to:
- TMJ disease (TMD).
- Tooth fracture
- Vertical root fracture/premature tooth loss
- Excessive bone loss
- Muscle soreness
- Muscle fatigue (cannot chew gum/eat steak)
DTR Therapy will decrease rate of breakdown and improved chewing efficiency. Muscle physiology will change and adapt to the new bite arrangement.
Areas of excessive enamel wear may require restorative treatment to seal exposed tooth structure.
Hyperactive muscles will heal and adapt to lower force output in 80-85% of patients – less forces upon the chewing system.
Bite analysis using the T-Scan Occlusal Analysis System, which gives dentists the ability to assess and develop a treatment plan for bite problems more accurately than ever before, is recommended. This advanced technology helps dentists obtain the location of teeth and measure the timing and force of how they come together, leading to a better understanding of bite problems and ultimately a more effective treatment plan. Using the T-Scan Computerized Bite Analysis System, the dentists can see on a computer screen exactly where your teeth are touching, allowing them to be sure the bite of your new crowns, bridges, or implants is perfect.
Electromyography (EMG) is a digital tool that can be used to evaluate the muscular activity and movement of the jaw muscles. With EMG, electrodes are positioned over the muscles to measure the chewing sequences and patterns in order to further analyze the bite. It is a quick and effective diagnostic testing tool that can help your dentist learn more about the accuracy of your bite, and then be able to diagnose any underlying problems. It can also be conducted alongside T-Scan technology for more effective results.
There are lots of reasons to get a bite analysis and determine if a disorder exists. Some of the most typical symptoms include cracked, crooked, chipped, or broken teeth, pain while chewing, persistent headaches or jaw aches, inflamed or stiff jaw, and a receding gumline. In some cases, a misaligned bite can lead to teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, which can cause further jaw pain and a loss of enamel.
What Is a “Bad Bite?”
A bad bite happens when a bite is unbalanced, and certain teeth within the mouth touch sooner than others or with more force. Broken, chipped, cracked, uneven, or loose teeth can aid in the problem. Every patient will have their own analysis into the problems they are having with their bite.
What Are Potential Problems Caused by A Bad Bite?
Many patients who visit their dentist complain of teeth grinding and clenching, toothaches, mouth and jaw soreness as well as non-dental symptoms such as headaches, earaches, and general facial discomfort. These patients are often surprised to learn that a “bad”, or unbalanced, bite can contribute to or cause all of these issues!
Fix Your Bad Bite
Don’t ignore your bad or unbalanced bite. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a bad bite such as trouble chewing, mouth soreness, facial discomfort, or teeth grinding and clenching, contact your doctor.
Bite Analysis FAQs
How did they test in the past?
Believe it or not, with paper. The T-Scan allows for a far more accurate and precise reading of your bite’s mechanics than the conventional way. Your dentist’s practice will provide you with the latest dental equipment and technology on the market when you come for an assessment.
What are the benefits?
A T-Scan is able to create in-depth pre- and post-procedure records for easy storage and access on a computer, allowing for streamlined tracking of dental health. Never have bite mechanics been so easily available and therefore so extensively beneficial. By measuring the timing and force of the bite at individual locations within the mouth, the T-Scan can also identify potential problems within a bite and easily showcase them in chart and 3D format on a computer screen. Once identified, solutions for a bad bite can be easily discussed for a personalized treatment plan.
The cost of your bite analysis will be dependent on what the type of imaging is required. During your private consultation, the fee schedule will be discussed for any screening or imaging that needs to be performed.