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Millions of people anticipated the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise. Throughout the history of this series, audiences have delighted in the fictional technology used by the characters in the film. Blasters that fire particle beams and light sabers, swords made with lasers, are just a couple examples of what we mean.

Technology plays an important role in modern dentistry, too. It may not be as exciting as the weapons in Star Wars, but our technology helps fight plaque to keep your mouth healthy and the mouths of your family members healthy.

Keep reading to find out more about we use technology at Pioneer Dental Group to help our general dentistry patients in and around Oregon City.

Cone beam imaging

Cone beam imaging is one of the most recent advancements in dental care. With cone beam technology, we now have the best dental images we’ve ever been able to create.

Cone beam imaging was developed based on the work done with CAT Scan in the 1970s, according to Dentistry IQ.

Cone beam is a smaller scale version of this technology, although it’s used in a different way. CAT Scans create images with fan-shaped radiation that rotates around the patient. Cone beam images are created with a “cone-shaped beam” that is aimed at a detector that revolves around the patient.

The beam is used to create image “slices.” Software in the machine takes each slice and assembles them into a three-dimensional image of the patient’s mouth and teeth.

This gives us a more complete understanding of the condition of your teeth and facial bones. This is useful in many areas of dentistry, such as the placement of dental implants.


This machine is used to make X-ray images of your teeth. X-rays have been a part of dental practices for decades, but this takes it a step further.

With Panorex, we can create panoramic images of your teeth. This is similar to the panoramic images you’ve seen of mountain ranges, only this is a single view of your entire mouth.

This is beneficial because it allows our dentist, Dr. Pioch, to see all your teeth at one time. With a Panorex image, the dentist can see your upper and lower jawbone, your jaw joints, your nasal sinuses, and the mandibular nerve in the same picture.

This is a great diagnostic tool for a dentist who is checking to see if you or someone in your family is experiencing a TMJ disorder. Panorex images can also help the dentist spot early signs of oral cancer, jawbone problems, gum disease, and impacted wisdom teeth.

Digital X-rays

Previously, X-rays could only be viewed one way. With digital imaging, we can store your x-rays as a file.

Using digital images is more efficient for you and our dental staff. Rather than having to take time developing the X-rays, we can capture X-ray images and have them ready to look at on our office computers.  

This is great for us and for you if we need to call up your x-ray on one of the computers we have in each patient room.

Intraoral cameras

You know that part of your routine care should include professional cleanings. When you come for a cleaning, we will examine your mouth as well. We are always looking for signs of potential problems. The earlier we catch something, the faster we can treat it.

Some of those problems may require a closer look than we can get with our eyes. This is where an intraoral camera is invaluable.

As the name suggests, this is a camera we can place in your mouth. These cameras allow us to take a close-up look at your teeth and gums. If you are familiar with macro photography, then you have an idea of what an intraoral camera can do.

With this equipment, we can find problems that we may have missed, and we can better target areas that need to be treated.

Dedication to our patients

Investing in technology is just one of the ways we strive to provide the best care possible for all our general dentistry patients.

But we know that comfort is important, too. That’s why we provide beverages in our waiting room, televisions in our patient room, pillows, and blankets.

For those patients who need a little more help relaxing, we also offer free oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation.

At Pioneer Dental Group, your oral health is our priority. Our top-of-the-line equipment allows us to give you and your family the best dental care we possibly can.

If you haven’t seen us in a while or you are looking for a new dentist, call our office at 503-388-4691 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.