With the DIAGNOdent laser, cavities can be detected with greater precision and clarity. In the past, small cavities would have been undetectable until they had caused considerable damage. The DIAGNOdent system works by processing the reflection of light wavelengths, which are beamed back to a small handheld device that identifies where cavities may be hiding. Your talented Salinas dentist can use the DIAGNOdent laser to detect tiny cavities without using X-rays. Contact us at NEXT Dentistry today to learn more about the DIAGNOdent laser and our other technological tools.
Do you think that your bite is “off”?
How your teeth come together is called “occlusion”. Sometimes your teeth don’t fit properly when your teeth occlude, when you bite, close or chew. This can lead to:
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Sensitive teeth
- Back and neck pain.
Take the Bite Test
We have added T-Scan® Occlusal Analysis System to our practice. The R-Scan helps us see what’s really happening as the forces of your teeth come together in your mouth. This allows us to better analyze and adjust your bite to prevent problems.
So, What is Dental Occlusion?
Dental occlusion referes to the way your teeth meet when you bite together. Optimally, all your teeth should come in contact with one another at about the same time and with equal force. When this does not happen, your occlusion is unbalanced and problems may result. Some of the problems that may result from poor occlusion include:
- Damaged restorations (crowns, bridges)
- Fractured teeth
- Receding gums or loose teeth
- Pain in the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Increased headache and neck pain
- Greater tooth wear and sensitivity
How can we help to balance your bite?
A simple occlusal exam with the T-Scan system is very easy and painless. IT gives us the information we need to easily determine and restore the perfect balance of your bite. You simply bite down on a thin sensor and the software displays the timing of contacts and levels of force in a dynamic movie. It will show your bite from beginning to end and all that is happening in between. This will allow us to immediately visualize problem areas before your leave the office that day.
Think you need a bite test? Ask us!