Comparison of the quality of occlusion control with the use of occlusion paper and T-scan, based on the literature.
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Katedra Protetyki Stomatologicznej, Instytut Stomatologii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum, Polska
Submission date: 2020-11-23
Final revision date: 2020-12-09
Acceptance date: 2020-12-14
Publication date: 2020-12-20
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Marcin Czarnek   

Katedra Protetyki Stomatologicznej, Instytut Stomatologii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński Collegium Medicum, Montelupich 4, 31-155, Kraków, Polska
Prosthodontics 2020;70(4):407-416
In the dentist’s daily practice, the most frequently used position of the lower jaw in relation to the upper one is central occlusion. There are many ways to monitor occlusion during dental treatment. The most common method involves the use of an articulating paper. It seems that this is a subjective assessment with a large margin of error. The second method that is recently being adapted more frequently in dental offices, is the T-scan device (Tekscan Inc, Boston, MA, USA) for computerized analysis of occlusion.

Aim of the study:
To compare occlusal registration using T-scan III (Tekscan Inc, Boston, MA) with traditional methods using occlusal paper, based on review of the literature.

Material and methods:
PubMed and Scopus medical databases from the period 2015–2020 were systematically searched and eventually thirty articles were obtained, of which two articles remained after final selection.

Based on the studies described in the selected articles, it can be concluded that the T--scan device is a valuable tool that allows performing a thorough analysis of the distribution of occlusive forces and the time of occlusion and disclusion of tooth contacts.

T-scan device along with traditional methods of examining occlusions, such as articulating paper, should be used in everyday clinical practice, especially with extensive prosthetic restorations and after orthodontic treatment. It allows, first of all, evaluating individual contacts in the entire biting process, from the first contacts, through maximum intercuspation to the last contact. It also helps to avoid errors in the subjective judgment of the doctor and to control changes in occlusal contacts that occur over time. This information would not be available when traditional methods of examining and recording occlusions are used.

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