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At Gentle Dental, Dr. Anderson can use dental implants to fill any number of gaps in your smile that are caused by missing teeth. This remarkable treatment restores patients’ freedom, allowing them to eat, drink, and socialize as they please. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth so that nobody will notice anything — except a stunning new smile of course.
Dental implants are one of the fastest growing tooth replacement options with over 500,000 Americans getting them each year. Regardless, a successful procedure requires extreme precision and accuracy from a skilled implant dentist. Fortunately, Dr. Anderson is an expert in implant dentistry, and he uses advanced technology to make the process safer, faster, and more effective.
CBCT Imaging with i-CAT
CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) is a unique piece of dental technology that takes x-ray images in the shape of a cone. This process is highly accurate and produces a three-dimensional digital image of your smile which Dr. Andeson can use to plan the implant placement. The i-CAT system allows us to view the entire oral structure—teeth, roots, hard and soft tissues, and nerves.
Unlike traditional x-rays which can take five to ten minutes to collect images of the entire mouth, CBCT scans with i-CAT take less than a minute to complete. Paired with the lower dose of radiation, this superior technology increases the speed, safety, and effectiveness of treatment.
With this equipment, you might be able to avoid bone grafting. If your jawbone is weaker in some areas than others, Dr. Anderson can use the CBCT scanner to identify the ideal location for the implant so that it benefits from the full strength of the jawbone.
One of the newest forms of dental x-rays is called digital x-rays, or digital radiographs. Imagine never having to hold uncomfortable x-ray film in your mouth again. Digital x-rays eliminate this issue by using an electronic pad that’s less intrusive than the alternatives.
A prominent feature of this technology is that you can easily compare different x-ray images — this allows Dr. Anderson to identify, treat, and prevent issues before they get out of hand. Much like CBCT scans, digital x-rays use about half as much radiation as conventional film, making for a safer, quicker, and more accurate treatment.