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The cephalometric X-ray is an innovative tool that enables the dentist to view hidden areas of your face. Unlike intraoral bitewings, which only show you can see with standard radiography techniques such as photographs and dental pulp films outside the mouth; it provides more perspective on what they might be missing in regards to capturing nasal and sinus passages during panoramic or cephametric xrays.
Cephalometric X-rays are usually taken with a panoramic machine. The adapted camera will have special cephalometric film holders fitted onto mechanical arms, which allow dentists to take pictures of the entire oral structure without having subjects lie down. This allows for lower levels radiation exposure than taking normal x-ray photos that cannot be used in this way because they require patients seated at tables while wearing leaded glasses (which does not aide dental professionals).
Cephalometric X-Rays serve functions such as:
How are Cephalometric X-Rays taken?
Cephalometric X-rays are a completely painless way to ensure that your teeth and mouth stay healthy. The head is placed between two mechanical arms which rotate around capturing images of the face, mouth ,and even any signs or injuries you may have on other parts such as neck .This clarity depends largely upon how well positioned we need be during imaging process. The images usually come out magnified up 30%.
After capturing cephalometric X-rays, the dentist will be able to see a complete side profile of your head. This can assist in orthodontic planning and allow an immediate evaluation of how braces might impact facial shape and tooth structure for patients who need them as well as those considering dental implants before committing fully with this major procedure or not at all.
If you have any questions or concerns about cephalometric X-rays, please don't hesitate to ask your dentist.