From the Experts

BiteFX is essential for any practice that wants to improve their patients’ understanding and ownership of occlusal dysfunction. Its integration into our office has directly affected the amount of occlusal therapy we are treating. It is the missing link to actually getting to treat what we are diagnosing.

Evaluation Team Member from Contemporary Product Solutions

BiteFX

A Software Solution To Assist Dental Practices In Their Efforts To Explain Occlusion and Its Oral Health Iimplications

Introduction

Clinicians are always on the lookout for products, systems, and materials that contribute to better patient understanding of their condition and, ultimately, greater case acceptance. This is especially important when dentists and their teams are faced with cases involving occlusion, since patients don’t always know they have—or understand—occlusal discrepancies or why treatment is necessary. However, when concepts of occlusion and the deleterious effects resulting from an improper or unbalanced occlusion can be demonstrated graphically and visually, patients can better appreciate the need to follow specific recommendations and undergo subsequent restorative treatment.

Because of these challenges Contemporary Product Solutions decided to review a software solution that is now available and claims to assist dental practices in their efforts to explain occlusion and its implications to oral health, as well as enhance their abilities to garner greater acceptance of treatments to correct occlusal problems. BiteFX from D2Effects includes over 75 animations that accurately and effectively demonstrate and explain occlusion to patients, significantly enhancing their awareness and understanding of occlusal problems.

The conclusion of our review is that BiteFX saves dentists and staff time by systematically demonstrating occlusion-related conditions and treatments. For example, the software highlights various open/close bite movements, guidance and contacts (Figure 1), and the effects of bruxing (e.g., severe wear, wear facets, wear detail, peaks/slops, lingual wear, fractured teeth, damaged restorations, etc.) (Figure 2). Additionally, BiteFX visually explains for patients what interferences are and how they affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The software then synthesizes this information to demonstrate how these occlusal issues affect molars, as well as how they can be treated (e.g., anterior and full splints, equilibration, leaf gauge, and restorations).

Following a recent evaluation performed by Contemporary Product Solutions, five dental offices that incorporated the BiteFX software into their practices provided their opinions about its ability to facilitate patient education and understanding of occlusal problems and recommended treatments. Overall, the evaluators specifically liked the software’s presentation settings and the ability to show movies and pictures that describe occlusion-based concepts. These include tooth wear, traumatic bites, and wear patterns, as well as what a restored and stable occlusal scheme looks like (Figure 3). The evaluators also appreciated many other characteristics of the BiteFX software.

Conclusion

The Contemporary Product Solutions evaluators determined that, overall, the BiteFX software is a useful visual tool that enables dentists and their teams to engage their patients with a comprehensive understanding of occlusion. The animations and ease-of-use facilitate better dentist/patient communication and greater case acceptance for recommended occlusal treatments.

On a five-point scale, the evaluators ranked BiteFX an average of 4.4. As one evaluator stated, “BiteFX is essential for any practice that wants to improve their patients’ understanding and ownership of occlusal dysfunction. Its integration into our office has directly affected the amount of occlusal therapy we are treating. It is the missing link to actually getting to treat what we are diagnosing.”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

SEE IT IN ACTION!

Before
After
3rd test slide

More Reviews

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse malesuada, mi at condimentum efficitur, augue velit finibus risus, et facilisis nibh nisi ut magna. Aliquam erat volutpat. Sed in convallis ex. Pellentesque aliquet hendrerit nisi, ut dapibus magna varius in. Sed sollicitudin magna enim, at blandit arcu accumsan a. Aliquam facilisis urna tempor, maximus nisl in, consectetur tortor. Donec lectus nisl, posuere nec elit non, lacinia luctus sem. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse malesuada, mi at condimentum efficitur, augue velit finibus risus, et facilisis nibh nisi ut magna. Aliquam erat volutpat. Sed in convallis ex. Pellentesque aliquet hendrerit nisi, ut dapibus magna varius in. Sed sollicitudin magna enim, at blandit arcu accumsan a. Aliquam facilisis urna tempor, maximus nisl in, consectetur tortor. Donec lectus nisl, posuere nec elit non, lacinia luctus sem.

Nam sagittis egestas felis vehicula imperdiet. Aenean in tellus erat. Etiam at ultrices enim. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Praesent hendrerit ex sit amet leo imperdiet elementum. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Aenean at varius nisi, ut dapibus sapien. Aenean fermentum, tellus at consectetur venenatis, tellus turpis dictum libero, at pellentesque neque urna vel ipsum. Maecenas auctor odio eu mollis vestibulum. Quisque nec risus augue. Morbi condimentum augue sit amet commodo commodo. In varius rutrum nisi id malesuada. Aenean dictum finibus orci eu cursus. Etiam consectetur urna eget gravida condimentum.

Cras mollis urna dui. Quisque ut faucibus felis, non tempus augue. Maecenas vel magna sed ex euismod malesuada quis quis tortor. Pellentesque non dolor risus. Duis at placerat urna. Ut non lorem vel risus semper efficitur a eget arcu. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Nullam sollicitudin libero in pretium malesuada. Mauris lacinia leo bibendum, vehicula ante non, pretium diam. Fusce porttitor pellentesque nunc eu scelerisque. Etiam interdum urna sit amet velit laoreet convallis. Pellentesque leo augue, finibus vel turpis nec, eleifend dignissim libero. Phasellus convallis volutpat est, eget sodales massa convallis cursus. Nulla id efficitur ligula