A bite analysis is performed to help determine if you are experiencing a bad bite or if you have an occlusion disorder. When your teeth do not fit together properly, it can be damaging to your teeth and gums, and can also result in pain in your jaw. To administer a bite analysis, our dental specialists utilizes state-of-the-art technology to test the strength of your teeth and determine how much force is exerted by each individual tooth. The analysis can identify when you have an underbite, overbite, or crossbite. Additionally, we evaluate your teeth, jaw, and muscles together to look for any underlying difficulties that might be caused by a bad bite. If not treated properly, a bad bite can result in future problems that could be painful or debilitating so it is crucial to receive a diagnosis as soon as you notice an uncomfortable or painful bite.
SmilesNY offers bite analysis using the T-Scan Occlusal Analysis System, which gives our dentists the ability to assess and develop a treatment plan for bite problems more accurately than ever before. 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 at SmilesNY 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.
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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 to Expect
Your bite analysis usually is made up of digital x-rays, a 3D scan, a bite study using our advanced technology, and a physical evaluation. Once the issues with your bite are identified, there are a few different treatment options depending on the intensity of your circumstance. In more mild cases, a night guard is usually recommended, though some severe cases may require surgical treatment.
It is important that if you have another disorder or issues with your bite, you continue to schedule routine dental examinations so that your SmilesNY dentist can assess any changes in your bite, even after treatment. It's also wise to continue to maintain a proper at-home oral hygiene routine, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use.
The price of a bite analysis is dependent on the sort of imaging that is used. Prior to your analysis, our financial team will contact your insurance company to determine what may be covered and if there will be any additional costs. SmilesNY accepts many payment methods and we can help you find medical financing so your treatment is more affordable.
If you are experiencing any abnormalities in your bite or notice pain when you speak or eat, you may need to receive a bite analysis. Our New York dentists can diagnose what could be causing the issue and help treat it before other problems occur. Employing state-of-the-art technology, SmilesNY will gather all the information needed to give you a diagnosis and personalized treatment to restore your bite and dental health.