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How Revolutionary T-Scan? Technology Is Advancing Dental Diagnoses

By Brittany Haynes on Dec 4, 2019
T-Scan technology has revolutionized the dental industry with advancements in diagnosing patients, and the prominent research detailing its success is helping to demonstrate its capabilities to the greater dental community. Dr. Ben Sutter, author of the chapter “Complex Medical Diagnoses With an Underlying Dental Etiology: Case Reviews,” from the best-selling publication Handbook of Research on Computerized Occlusal Analysis Technology Applications in Dental Medicine, shares his research on the topic in the IGI Global interview below.

What inspired you to pursue research activities in your area of expertise?

I was involved with research for half a decade leading up to dental school both at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Columbia University. It has always been the focus of my research to measure and observe, which are two of the most important tenets of science. It was natural to incorporate ways to measure what I was doing when treating patients in my practice. If you do this consistently for a long enough period of time, you will see correlations, patterns, and cause and effect relationships. My interest in research was refined more when I observed consequences and benefits for what I was measuring.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

The science of occlusion and function is barely a science at all when compared to caries and periodontology, and most dentists do not measure function. Part of that is due to how dentists are trained, and the other part is driven by the market when patients want straighter and whiter teeth. This research and its observations merit more research to help lessen the misdiagnosis of patients with terrible diseases like Meniere’s disease, trigeminal neuralgia, cervical dystonia, headaches and migraines, as well as phantom bite

In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of your research to its community of users?

My chapter speaks to patients that suffer from life altering symptoms and diagnoses where they do not have much in the way of treatment options. Many dentists have the opportunity to help patients where medicine cannot. It is very gratifying when a dentist from another country comes up to me at a meeting and shows me scans of patients they have been able to help. Biometrics diagnostic technologies are being seen more and more commonly in dental offices all over the world. The patients have the opportunity to obtain help in ways that have never before existed. It is an exciting time to be a dentist.

What are the future directions of your research areas?

Ideally, I would like to keep treating these patients and building the number of those treated with these different diagnoses to add strength to the argument that dentists need to be measuring the occlusion with regularity, much like we do with periodontal disease or decay. Occlusion does change just like decay and periodontal status, but if you don’t measure it, you will never see it. Of course, as a provider, it does not mean you have to “do something” about it, but you do have to inform the patient if there is a concern.

How do you feel your publication sets the pace for these technology innovations?

The book in general illustrates how technology is being used to elucidate answers to unresolved questions regarding poorly understood disease processes and/or misdiagnosed patients; it is probably a little bit of both. What I observe is other dentists that are trained in biometric measurement and DTR therapy are coming to the same conclusions as they are seeing things that I am observing. This benefits everyone as paradigms and disease understandings grow and evolve. It helps providers, the patients, and the profession overall.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

It has been great to have a medium to not only to speak to other providers, but to reach patients that are looking for other avenues of potential therapies.
IGI Global would like to thank Dr. Sutter for sharing his research on computerized occlusal analysis technology. Additionally, for more information about this research, publication, and technology, view the Handbook's comprehensive digital brochure.
About Dr. Ben Sutter: Ben A. Sutter received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, USA. He earned his DMD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA, where he received numerous academic awards. While in New Jersey, he completed a one-year, hospital-based residency at the Overlook Hospital in Summit. Dr. Sutter is the author of several articles and abstracts, and has vast clinical, research, and teaching experience. He has been awarded Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, Las Vegas Institute, and the International College of Crainio Mandibular Orthopedics. Dr. Sutter also serves as a manuscript reviewer for General Dentistry.
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