Statement of the Problem: Occlusion is associated with all disciplines of dentistry and plays a major role in the longevity of both implant and tooth borne restorations. Achieving occlusal harmony ensures balance is established between the dental and myofascial structures, which can be measurably established to high numerical tolerances with the T-Scan digital occlusal analysis system.Purpose: To describe and evaluate the known and proven applications of T-Scan digital occlusal analysis in various dental practice disciplines, with a systematic review of the literature.Materials and Methods: An electronic English language Medline/PubMed and Cochrane central library database search using key words “T-Scan”, “TMD”, “Occlusion”, “Implant Protected Occlusion”, “Orthodontics”, was conducted without any date restrictions. The related journal findings were hand searched to determine studies that met a systematic review’s inclusion.Results: The PubMed/MEDLINE identified 423 articles. After removing duplicates the titles and abstracts of the 421 studies were screened. 274 ineligible articles were excluded leaving 147 articles. Of those, 33 articles were not in English, 27 full text articles were not available, 4 were comments and Letter to the Editors, and 2 articles described techniques. 86 articles total met the eligibility criteria for inclusion.Conclusion: Much scientific evidence supports the use of T-Scan, as it measures relative occlusal contact forces and occlusal contacts time-sequence durations objectively, accurately, and repeatedly for improved treatment outcomes. It’s hardware, sensor, and software evolution from T-Scan I up to today’s T-Scan10 Novus system, has overcome early sensor and system drawbacks to improve T-Scan’s clinical performance in many disciplines of Dental Medicine.
Keywords: digital, occlusal Equilibrium, occlusion, Quantitative analysis, T-scan