Digital Panoramic Radiographs
Dental radiographs are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Digital Panoramic radiographs are extraoral (a mechanism rotates around the outside of the head), and utilizes an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) which captures and stores the image on a computer. The result is a highly detailed image which can be instantly viewed and easily enhanced to better diagnose any dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Digital x-rays reduce radiation up to 90% when compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
A panoramic radiograph is not conducted to give a detailed view of each tooth, but rather to provide a view of the maxallary sinus, nasal areas and mandibular nerve. The panoramic radiograph can be used for patients with an extreme gag reflex, evaluate the TMJ, expose cysts and abnormalities, reveal the poisition/oreintation of wisdom teeth, evaluate impacted teeth, and expose jaw fractures.
Panoramic X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool which may assist with the treatment planning of dental implants, complete and partial dentures, and braces.