Dr. Robert Kerstein Recognized for Career-long Contribution to New Book

Tekscan Thanks Author for New Handbook on Digital Occlusion
Boston, MA. April 20, 2015– Tekscan, Inc. recently held a gathering at its quarterly sales meeting to honor dentist and author Dr. Robert Kerstein, who published the Handbook of Research on Computerized Occlusal Analysis Technology Applications in Dental Medicine, a text featuring 17 international contributors and their clinical cases illustrating T-Scan® technology, dentistry’s only digital occlusal analysis system. The product allows dentists to analyze the bite forces across the patient’s dentition, informing the dentist of occlusal abnormalities. Dr. Kerstein has been working with the product since its inception in 1987, and his career-long compilation of history and research surrounding the product has taken shape in the form of a clinical textbook.

Members of the Tekscan Dental team in attendance included all members of the sales, product management, and marketing communications team, as well as members of the Medical team. Everyone welcomed Dr. Kerstein, awarded him with a commemorative plaque, shared experiences about the book and its contributors, and engaged in an informal Q&A session, followed by a celebratory dinner with the senior management team.

“I wrote this book to illustrate to modern Dental Medicine, the scope and breadth that the field of Computerized Occlusal Analysis has grown into since the T-Scan’s inception in 1984. The book describes how the T-Scan has brought occlusal force and timing measurement to a significant portion of daily dental practice that, until the development of the T-Scan, had always been subjectively interpreted by the clinician,” said Dr. Kerstein. “This book details every available use that the T-Scan technology has in Dental Medicine, and therefore can educate many dentists, researchers, and academicians on the benefits that Computerized Occlusal Analysis offers both patients and clinicians.”

The book debuted at the Chicago Dental Society’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago February 26-27, 2015, as a resource and special give-away. It was also featured at the Tekscan booth at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany in March. The two-volume text illustrates applications in fixed and removable prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, general occlusion, and temporomandibular disorders.

One of the contributors, Dr. Thomas Coleman, who authored the chapter “Detecting and Quantifying Cervical Dentin Hypersensitivity Using Air Indexing Combined with the T-Scan System” (pages 429-466), had this to say about the collaboration: “Robert is a long- term personal friend and professional colleague with whom much information has been exchanged to our mutual benefit since the mid- ‘90s. His expertise/interest with T- Scan technology and willingness to educate me with this digital technology without restraint is the mark of his topic mastery. Although extremely busy, Robert responded to questions posed in a timely manner during Chapter construction in a clear and concise fashion. It was a tedious effort to construct the Chapter, but was a pleasure to develop with his educated questions for language development as an editor.”

Another contributor, Dr. Teresa Sierpinska of Poland who authored the chapter, “The Management of Advanced Tooth Wear Using the T-Scan/BioEMG Synchronization Module,” (pages 467-521) shared the same sentiment. “Dr. Kerstein is the best expert in the field of computerized occlusal analysis,” she said. “I have known him for about ten years and every time he was very helpful in solving any problems that appeared during registration and interpretation of the data. I am not an English native speaker, so my language is not as fluent as it is necessary in scientific book writing. Dr. Kerstein adjusted all the material to the proper language and consulted me on all the pictures that appeared in the chapter prepared.”

Tekscan began a webinar series in February that features the book contributors. Dr. Sarah Qadeer presented her chapter on Traditional versus Digital Occlusal Indicators for the first episode, and more authors are engaged to present their chapters in the series this summer. Dr. Kerstein will be referencing his book at speaking engagements all over the globe throughout 2015.