Functional Rebalance Appointments
With T-Scan Biometric Testing
Duration: approximately 60 minutes
Our goal is to have teeth touch with an even force and balanced timing. You will NOT need dental anesthetic to have a Functional Rebalance of your occlusion. It is minor shaping of tooth contacts to provide a more balanced and coordinated bite function.
What’s in T-Scan Biometric Testing?
A pressure sensitive micro sensor that can distinguish tooth contact down to 3 microns. As Humans, we can sense to ~20 microns.¹⁻⁴
T-Scan Sensor System
The T-Scan examines the timing of tooth contact (which tooth touches first), the force of the tooth contacts (which teeth bear the most force when you bite), and where the contacts are.
Dental Marking Paper
Dental marking paper does not give the dentist the information needed to determine which ink mark created by your bite has the most force, the timing of the tooth contact, or even where the contacts.
Your rebalance appointment
“Our goal is to reduce tooth and jaw muscle strain from imbalanced tooth contacts.”Dr. Curtis Westersund
As you bite into the T-scan sensor the computer will record your teeth contacts and position data in real time.
Biting and chewing on dental marking paper shows contact position on your teeth for the dentist to compare to the T-scan data.
T-scan data and inked markings show where tooth shaping is required to balance contacts and function.
Your teeth will be shaped in micro amounts, often not visible. The amount of tooth shaping will be discussed as data is gathered and tooth function is balanced.
Functional rebalance FAQ’s
But my bite feels normal.
Your bite is normal … to you. “Normal” just means you are use to it. Normal bites do not mean healthy balanced bites.5 Our sensory system will accommodate the STRESS of an imbalanced bite but there will be consequences. Stress is not free. Stress will require a payment of muscle strain, tooth damage, or gum tissue recession. Reducing bite stress will have many benefits to posture, tooth sensitivity, jaw muscle strain, and TMJ dysfunction.
Is the Functional Rebalance process painful?
No. The shaping of the teeth is on the tooth enamel or on existing dental restorations. The shaping is only done if it is comfortable to you and your teeth. If more extensive shaping is required, this will be discussed at the appointment. Rarely do teeth need to be re-contoured to where restorations require replacement.
Are you shaping my teeth?
Yes. We are reshaping teeth and dental restorations at the level of microns or ‘thousands of a millimetre’. It is all guided by the data from the T-scan sensor and your chewing motions. The marks on the teeth are ‘dusted’ with a fine diamond to reshape the function of the upper and lower teeth.
Follow up appointments
We may have follow up functional rebalance appointments required. Most of the adjusting will be done at the first appointment. But as you relax into the new bite position and function there may be small tweaks required. This is a process of the healing of jaw muscles, structural strain reduction and your own accommodation to a new balanced bite.
We will call you after your Functional Rebalance but please contact us if you have any problems.
Further TMD Therapy
A Functional Rebalance is often one step in TMD therapy. Your next appointments will be given to you by our Patient Care Coordinator. If you require a Natural Fit Orthotic as a follow up procedure that can be discussed as your new bite settles in.
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