Panoramic X-Ray

Panorex® or orthopantomograms is commonly known as panoramic X-rays. These x-rays take a 360 degree image of the face and teeth. X-rays give doctors a better view of areas they cannot see on the surface, for example, wisdom teeth, signs of cavities, and any fractures and bone loss.
Traditional dental x-rays use film inside the mouth but with panoramic x-rays have film hidden inside the structure and it rotates around the head.
Traditional x-rays need to be taken every three years, but with panoramic x-rays are only as needed. Panoramic x-rays are used to see the sinus, nasal and mandibular nerve better. Panoramic x-rays are better when patients are in pain and are unable to use the bitewing x-ray.
Panoramic x-rays can be used in many ways:

How are panoramic x-rays used?

Dentists are able to see 2-D view from left to right of the upper and lower jaw. Typically, panoramic x-rays are used to check the position of wisdom teeth and if any dental implants will disturb the mandibular nerve (nerve that affects the lower lip).
The Panorex equipment has a rotating arm which includes the x-ray generator and mobile film that holds the images. The patient’s head will be in between these two mechanisms. The x-ray generator will move in 360 degrees around the patient’s head while taking pictures. Pictures can be enlarged up to 30% so that the smallest details can also be seen.
Panoramic x-rays are essential identification tool that is important for one’s treatment. It is safer than most x-rays due to the minimal radiation exposure.
If you have questions or concerns about panoramic x-rays, please contact A to Z Dental.