Dental X-rays have proved to be an effective diagnostic tool that gives dentists a better view of the jawbone structure, damaged teeth, deteriorated jawbone, tooth roots, root canal cavities, etc. At 34th Street Dental Care, we use the latest dental technology and high-tech equipment to treat our patients; panoramic x-ray is one of them.
What is a Panoramic X-Ray?
Panoramic radiography or a panoramic X-ray is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray that captures the patient's entire mouth in a single image. It displays the image of the entire teeth, bones of the neck, upper and lower jaws, and other anatomical structures and tissues so that our patients can notice any significant issues or anomalies easily.
Common Uses of Panoramic X-rays
A panoramic X-ray is an important diagnostic tool in dentistry that covers a broader area than a conventional intraoral x-ray and provides vital information about dental issues like bone abnormalities, cysts, maxillary sinuses, tooth alignment, and much more. At 34th Street Dental Care, we use panoramic X-rays to plan orthodontic and restorative treatments like braces, dentures, implants, extractions, etc.
A panoramic x-ray also reveals dental and oral issues like:
- advanced periodontal disease
- cysts or tumors in the jawbones
- oral cancer
- impacted teeth
- jaw disorders
How Do Panoramic X-Ray Benefit Patients?
A panoramic X-ray can benefit in the following ways:
- A panoramic X-ray provides the entire image of the patient's mouth and helps our dentist detect any dental issues like cysts, tumors, jaw abnormalities, and cancer in an earlier phase.
- A panoramic X-ray can help determine the need for any orthodontic treatments in children.
- As compared to traditional X-rays, panoramic X-rays reduce radiation exposure by 40 percent.
- Panoramic X-rays are more suitable for patients with irritable gag reflex than intra-oral X-rays.
- A panoramic x-ray is a quick and non-invasive procedure.
- With panoramic x-rays, the film doesn't have to be put in the patient's mouth and hence is safe even for very young children.
Panoramic X-Rays - Procedure
The patient will be placed in the X-ray unit's center, and the technician will carefully position the head in the right spot. A bite-blocker is put in the mouth to ensure properly aligned teeth. The patient will be asked to stay still when the unit's rotating arm travels in a semicircle around the perimeter of their head and captures images of the mouth.
Call 34th Street Dental Care at 708-484-6576 to schedule your consultation with our dentists to learn more about our dental treatments.