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Dental Implant Technology – Bend, OR

Cutting-Edge Technology Enhances Patient Care

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Modern dental implants have been around since roughly the 1980's but have grown in popularity in recent years. That is in part thanks to advances in dental implant technology that make both planning and the implant placement process easier and more successful than ever! At Ponderosa Dental Center, Dr. Joshua Prentice uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver superior results for patients wishing to rebuild their smiles with dental implants in Bend.

X-ray showing teeth

Cone Beam CT Scanning 

The Cone Beam CT scanner is a special type of X-ray machine that generates advanced, three dimensional (3-D) images of missing teeth and the jawbone surrounding the area.

Cone Beam CT scanning technology works by moving an X-ray beam in the shape of a cone around specific points of the head, jaw and mouth to produce a large number of images (also called views). These high-quality images, which can even include soft tissues and nerve paths in addition to bone and teeth, are then reconstructed to create a single, detailed 3-D image of a patient's mouth and craniofacial region.

The advanced image produced by the Cone Beam CT scanner provides a dentist in Bend with valuable information about a patient's oral structures and health and allows them to plan their implant procedure with extreme precision. 

The entire Cone Beam CT exam takes just minutes – or even seconds! – to complete and is entirely painless and noninvasive. Other benefits of Cone Beam CT scanning technology include:

  • Provides more information than conventional dental X-rays
  • Reduces scatter radiation, resulting in higher-quality images compared to conventional X-rays
  • No radiation remains in the patient's body after the CT exam
  • Patient should experience no immediate side effects after the CT exam

Dentist showing X-ray to patient

Guided Dental Implant Surgery 

Cone Beam CT scanning technology helps dentists and oral surgeons in Bend preform dental implant treatment with greater accuracy and precision than ever before, leading to more successful outcomes and satisfied patients. In fact, Cone Beam CT scans can help even during the earliest stages of the dental implant process. 

At Ponderosa Dental Center, the high-quality 3D images generated by the Cone Beam CT scanner assist Dr. Prentice in evaluating patients' oral condition and identifying issues that need to be addressed before implant surgery. For example, if your jawbone does not have the adequate depth or strength to support a dental implant, bone grafting may be necessary. Dr. Prentice will be able to determine this and other similar issues because the Cone Beam CT scan can provide the exact dimensions of your mouth, including your jawbone. 

Dr. Prentice partners with the best local doctors to complete the surgical portion of dental implant treatment. The high-quality 3D images generated by Cone Beam CT technology can be used to create a detailed surgical guide based on each individual patient that ensures implants are the correct width, length, take into account the location of other dental structures, and will support the prosthesis that will later be placed on top of the implant .

In this way, state-of-the-art dental implant technology is utilized from start to finish during the implant treatment process to ensure accurate, successful results that will restore smiles for many years to come.