Dr Stéfan Bester’s
Occlusal Analysis is the evaluation of the patient's bite and the way the teeth are arranged in the dental arches as well as the way the teeth in opposing dental arches fit into each other. This procedure is normally done before starting a prosthodontic treatment and is done to ensure the correct function of the teeth.
An occlusal analysis is normally indicated for people who have:
- Temporomandibular joint pain/joint sounds (clicking and grating sounds)
- Clicking, loose teeth
- Excessive wear on teeth
- Movement of teeth
- Supporting structures that are not stable
There are different occlusions (bites) such as underbite or overbite, which can be maintained in good health or corrected. Therefore, before treatment is initiated, Dr Bester will first determine if the occlusion is stable or unstable despite how it looks like.
The process of analyzing the stability of the occlusion begins with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) being placed in its proper position. Then Dr Bester will determine if the occlusion is balanced or not. In most cases, casts of the teeth are made and studied to determine what the problem is. With the T- Scan the relative forces between the teeth and the sequence of tooth contact during biting and chewing or clenching and grinding will be analyzed to assess the load on individual teeth and between functional groups of teeth. In most cases, the occlusal analysis form part of a comprehensive examination.
T-scan is built with patented sensor technology that articulates the mouth into context by showing where and how occlusal forces occur in the bite. Data obtained with the use of a T-scan, helps Dr Bester determine the best treatment plan by understanding the percentage of force distribution of the patient’s bite. Treatment can include adjusting the bite through occlusal adjustment, repositioning the teeth or rebuild the teeth through restorations such as onlays or crowns.