Digital Occlusion Analysis vs. Intraoral Scanners

Intraoral Scanners

You may be familiar with a traditional dental impression technique. A dentist inserts a tray of putty into the patient’s mouth, the patient bites down and holds until the putty hardens, then they remove it from the patient’s mouth. This makes an impression that will be used to make a model of the patient’s teeth, usually at a laboratory. This model can be used when the dentist is designing implants, crowns, bridges, braces, or other prosthetics. It allows the dentist to work on a treatment away from the patient.

An intraoral scanner digitizes the dental impression process, doing away with trays, putty, and probably some patient gagging.

An intraoral scanner is essentially a wand that is inserted into the patient’s mouth for a few seconds that scans the mouth using one of various light beam technologies, depending on the model. These scans generate a 3D digital model of the patient’s teeth to be viewed on a computer or tablet.

A digital model allows for a digital workflow, where files can be sent to a lab to have a prosthetic designed and milled, or milled chairside by the clinician. This is a much faster and more efficient process than it used to be.

Some Intraoral scanners have virtual articulators that calculate the dimensions of the bite coming together. This feature is helpful in the design process, but once the prosthetic is delivered, the need for occlusal adjustment exists. This is where digital occlusal analysis and intraoral scanners differ significantly.

An intraoral scanner can’t replicate a patient biting or performing functional movements in real time. So while an intraoral scanner can help you visualize your bite, it doesn’t provide any data about the timing and force. That’s where digital occlusion analysis comes in.

Digital Occlusion Analysis

When you hear about occlusion, you may first think of articulating paper. This is the analog method of identifying bite imbalances. It leaves ink on the teeth after the patient’s occlusal planes come into contact. However, it does not tell you the amount of force that was applied to create each ink spot.

A tool like T-Scan™ provides the data that articulating paper cannot. T-Scan not only shows where the teeth come together, but also the force at each of those points. T-Scan can help a dentist identify imbalances in a patient’s bite and high pressure points that can lead to pain and damage to natural teeth, restorations, and implants.

It takes a “movie” or a scan of the bite as the teeth come in and out of contact—revealing the forces on each tooth on the dentition, measuring the balance and distribution as it goes. Because it has a timing element, you can evaluate premature contacts, working and non-working interferences, and more. It allows Dr. Takher to be more accurate and efficient at occlusal analysis.

Digital occlusion analysis tools and intraoral scanners are different, but can be used in tandem.

The combination of these tools along with 3D printing technology allows for Dr. Takher to offer his clients the best of the best in the modern dentistry. Therefore, the ability to diagnose and treat bite issues at Peña Adobe Dental are second to none.

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Soft Vs Hard Toothbrush Which Ones Better

Soft vs. Hard Toothbrush: Which One’s Better?

Our patients often ask what type of toothbrush is better: soft bristles or hard bristles?

The earliest forms of toothbrushes were small twigs from bushes or trees. We would use to them to rub against our teeth to remove excess build up and food trapped on the surface or in-between. Eventually, we developed less abrasive solutions in the form of what we now know as the modern day toothbrush.

We recommend soft bristles, as they are more gentle on your gums and the enamel on your teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the consensus recommendation is to brush your teeth for two minutes two times per day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Whether you choose a manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush, it’s important to understand what happens to your gums and teeth when brushing. We will share more about that in a moment.

Soft, Medium, and Hard Toothbrushes

Again as a general rule, we recommend choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles, instead of medium or hard bristles. If your gums and teeth are sensitive or have signs of enamel erosion, we may suggest a toothbrush with extra-soft bristles.

The Dangers of Brushing with Hard Bristle Toothbrush

Can firm toothbrushes harm your teeth? The answer is yes. Brushing your teeth improperly can impact your gums and teeth negatively. Some of the issues include:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Damage Root Surface
  • Gum Recession
  • Harmful to Teeth Enamel
  • Lesions on Gums

Supporting this, we found that a study published in 2015 by the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, where researchers studied what happens to the gums when people brush their teeth. They found evidence that “traumatic tooth brushing” can in fact cause gum recession and damage to the gums. Factors that helped define what they term “traumatic tooth brushing” include how a person brushes, the amount of force used, frequency of brushing, and the type of toothbrush bristles.

In summary, choose a toothbrush with soft bristles or ask Dr. Takher about what you should choose.

Soft Vs. Hard Toothbrush: Which One’s Better?

Pena Adobe Dental Dentist Vacaville Reporter Solanos Best 2017


Voted #1 Best Dentist Vacaville Reporter Solano’s Best. In 2017, Vacaville Reporter’s readers and the community vote Peña Adobe Dental Care the #1 Best Dentist in Solano County again, for two years in a row!


We have had such an amazing year with each of our patients and are so grateful for everyone’s show of love and support for our dental practice. We couldn’t be more proud to serve our hometown community’s families and its neighboring communities near and far.


The greatest compliment we can receive is your positive feedback and referrals; THANK YOU to all of our wonderful patients!


Dr. Amani Takher, DMD and his whole team at Peña Adobe Dental Care love making you happy; it is truly a privilege to serve you!


Cheers to another year of keeping your beautiful smiles bright and healthy!




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About Peña Adobe Dental Care: Dentist Vacaville

Voted #1 best dentist in Solano County in 2016-18, located in Vacaville. Dr. Amani Takher, DMD, and his amazing staff have been serving the community and residents of the City of Vacaville and its surrounding areas with the best care and services in the region. If you have any questions or dental care needs, we would love to hear from you!

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Cosmetic Dentist Vacaville Services

Cosmetic Dentist Vacaville — Peña Adobe Dental Care Serving Local Community

Cosmetic Dentist Vacaville Services

In our first few years of business, we have developed quite the reputation in Solano County and our neighboring communities.

Each day, we love having our patients visit with us for our high quality dental care services as well as stopping by simply to say hello from all over the Bay Area—some including Concord, Davis, Oakland, Fairfield, Fremont, Sacramento, San Leandro, Santa Rosa, Suisun City, Mountain View, Stockton, Sunnyvale, Walnut Creek and Woodland.

We are grateful and happy to serve you each day. In addition to our family dental services (kids love coming to Peña Adobe Dental Care!), we offer a great variety in cosmetic dental services too.

Read more about Vacaville’s preferred cosmetic dentist services below:

Emergency Dental Services

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately 24/7 at (707) 448-6456. We are the best emergency dentist in Solano County.Read more about dental emergencies here.

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Braces are great for youth as their adult teeth are coming in to aid in proper alignment and formation of their dental structure. As adults, we have an opportunity to visit the alignment of our teeth if we have not had braces in our youth or feel that there is a cosmetic or health concern to be addressed.

Peña Adobe Dental Care is proud to refer our patients to our friends at Creekside Orthodontics in Vacaville.


At times, due to tooth decay, we may be in need of a dental crown to restore and/or support the natural integrity of our tooth.

A dental crown is restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It completely encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant after removing the existing tooth decay.

This restoration procedure is reserved for more serious situations where the cavity/tooth decay is too large for a simple filing.

Crowns are also called caps, and completely cover a tooth, restoring a normal shape and appearance. You may need a crown for the following:

  • Cover a disfigured or discolored tooth
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Restore a broken or worn tooth
  • Cover a tooth with a large filling
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure

Crowns can be made from various materials including metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or ceramic. Crowns can be costly, so it is usually recommended when other procedures cannot produce a pleasing result.

When we prepare the tooth for the crown, we create molds of the tooth or a digital impression, and you will be provided a temporary crown when we send it to the lab. A follow up appointment is made for us to then place the permanent crown when it is ready. Permanent crowns can last for a long time if you take good care of your teeth and are mindful of your dental care.


Dental Implants are perfect for aging patients, and those who have lost their natural teeth for a any reason. For accidents that have just happened, call our 24-hour emergency line for Emergency Dental Services IMMEDIATELY at (707) 448-6456.

A common request are dental implants in place of dentures. Despite major improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss — mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. In the past, the treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Now, dental implants are another option.

To find out what options are right for you, call us to schedule a free consultation.


Veneers improve the appearance of the visible front surface of your teeth by covering it with a wafer-thin custom-made shell of tooth-colored porcelain. They are customized and impressions are beforehand to make sure that they are designed just right for your goals and needs.

Veneers last longer than bonding and provide a superior appearance. They are also less expensive than crowns. Veneers can improve teeth that:

  • Have spaces between them
  • Have become chipped or worn
  • Have become permanently stained
  • Are shaped poorly
  • Are slightly crooked


Call to schedule your free consultation! (707) 448 – 6456

Peña Adobe Dental Care
Voted #1 Best Dentist in Solano County
161 Butcher Road
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 448 – 6456


About Peña Adobe Dental Care: Dentist Vacaville

Voted #1 best dentist in Solano County in 2016-17, located in Vacaville. Dr. Amani Takher, DMD, and his amazing staff have been serving the community and residents of the City of Vacaville and its surrounding areas with the best care and services in the region. If you have any questions or dental care needs, we would love to hear from you!

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The 5 Hidden Benefits of Great Dental Hygiene

The importance of good dental hygiene can often be overlooked. Besides having a beautiful smile, fresh breath, and healthy gums, there are many other benefits you may not have thought of. Here are Peña Adobe Dental’s 5 Hidden Benefits of Having Great Dental Hygiene.


1. Bad Breath Buster

Bad breath can be a sign of a multitude of issues. Once resolved, you can have a clear conscience about the health of your mouth.

Dental studies show that about 85% of people with halitosis (aka chronic bad breath) have a dental related problem causing the issue. Having good oral hygiene will help bust your bad breath problem. Regular check-ups and cleanings are the best way to make sure that you are on track.


2. Confidence Booster

Having a great smile may open more doors for you, but it also helps keep you healthy once you get inside. Preventive dental work is essential for your health, and your teeth and gums will thank you for it over and over. Make the most of your smile. It’s the only one you have.

Smiling makes us more attractive to others, relieves stress, and releases endorphins and serotonin. Mark Stibich, a consultant at Columbia University, and contributor to a Guide to Longevity at, writes an article that goes into the benefits of smiling more here.


3. Health Booster

Studies have have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease due to poor oral hygiene. According to the Harvard Medical School, oral bacteria could also harm blood vessels or cause blood clots by releasing toxins that resemble proteins found in artery walls or the bloodstream. The immune system’s response to these toxins could harm vessel walls or make blood clot more easily. It is also possible that inflammation in the mouth revs up inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Other examples of health headaches According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer, every hour of every day in the United States alone. When you have your dental cleaning, your dentist is also screening you for oral cancer, which is highly curable if diagnosed early.

A dental cleaning every six months helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.


4. Keep Your Teeth

This may seem like an obvious one. However, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults isn’t cavities or an issue having to do with the tooth itself. Gum disease is actually one of the main causes of tooth loss. Three things will help you keep your teeth for as long as you can: 1) Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Peña Adobe Dental Care 2) Brushing at least twice a day and 3) Flossing. Having the ability to chew properly by having teeth leads to better health overall. Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental work can add up, so it is best to prevent premature tooth loss by keeping your gums and teeth healthy. That way, you can keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately, better health. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry in Vacaville or restorative dental work,  click here to learn more or call (707) 448-6456 to get some quick advice from our team.


5. Save Money!

Prevent expensive dental procedures. With regular bi-annual or quarterly visits, Dr. Takher and his amazing team will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth or gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treatable. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

Dental insurance plans usually pay for all or most of the cost of dental cleanings and check-ups every six months. Take advantage of this and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly dental procedures that can result from poor oral hygiene. If you can’t afford insurance, get a discount dental plan for a few dollars a month, and you will pay a vastly reduced cost for the procedures. Even if the cleaning isn’t free, it’s cheap with a discount plan. It is more expensive later on if you don’t take care of these preventive items up front.


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About Peña Adobe Dental Care: Dentist Vacaville

Voted #1 best dentist in Solano County in 2016-18, located in Vacaville. Dr. Amani Takher, DMD, and his amazing staff have been serving the community and residents of the City of Vacaville and its surrounding areas with the best care and services in the region. If you have any questions or dental care needs, we would love to hear from you!

CALL NOW  (707) 448-6456