Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Panoramic X-rays

Panoramic X-rays (also known as Panorex┬« or orthopantomograms) are wraparound photographs of the face and teeth.  They offer a view that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.  X-rays in general, expose hidden structures, such as wisdom teeth, reveal preliminary signs of cavities, and also show fractures and bone loss.

A panoramic X-ray is a type of film that can be applied to patients, and doesn't have any issues with placement in the mouth. The image will show details from all angles because it's extraoral (out looking).

Bitewing X-rays are conducted to give a detailed view of individual teeth, while panoramic X-rays provide better insight into the nasal areas and mandibular nerve. Bitewings should be taken when pain is extreme or dental problems seem related primarily due sinus issues that have caused it; these types of examinations are preferably done with patients who require them rather than just being get regular checkups because they're at higher risk for complications from it - even though there will still always remain some degree between what type you need based on your specific situation.

Panoramic X-rays are extremely versatile in dentistry, and are used to:

  • Assess patients with an extreme gag reflex.
  • Evaluate the progression of TMJ.
  • Expose cysts and abnormalities.
  • Expose impacted teeth.
  • Expose jawbone fractures.
  • Plan treatment (full and partial dentures, braces and implants).
  • Reveal gum disease and cavities.

How are panoramic X-rays taken?

The panoramic X-ray provides the dentist with an ear-to-ear two-dimensional view of both the upper and lower jaw.  The most common uses for panoramic X-rays are to reveal the positioning of wisdom teeth and to check whether dental implants will affect the mandibular nerve (the nerve extending toward the lower lip).

The Panorex equipment is a revolutionary way for dentists to take X-rays. It consists of an arm that holds the generator, and moving film attachment which positions the head between these two devices at all times while taking orthogonally lined up pictures as sharp or clearer than possible with magnification up 30%.

Panoramic X-rays are an important diagnostic tool and are also valuable for planning future treatment.  They are safer than other types of X-rays because less radiation enters the body.