Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic dental x-rays utilize small doses of ionizing radiation to capture the entire mount in one image. These x-rays are usually taken by dentists and oral surgeons in everyday practice. This form of imaging is used to effectively plan treatments for dentures and braces, as well as dental implants and teeth extractions. These exams require little to no special preparations. However, women that are pregnant must inform their dental care experts before having these x-rays done. Similarly, you must remove your eyeglasses, jewelry, and/or any glass or metal objects that can interfere with x-ray images. As part of the exam, you will wear a lead apron, which helps protect the body from any radiation exposure.

Panoramic X-Rays – The Essentials

Panoramic radiography is also called panoramic x-ray in the dental and medical realm. These are two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray exams that capture the entire mouth in one image. This includes the upper and lower jaws, along with teeth and surrounding tissues and structures. While the jaw is a curved structure – similar to a horseshoe, panoramic x-rays produce flat images of the curved structure. They also provide detailed imaging of the teeth and bones. Here are some of the many uses of panoramic radiography for dental surgeons, oral specialists and doctors:

  • Radiograph x-rays are non-invasive medical tests that help doctors diagnose and treat medical ailments. They are also used to plan treatments for dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
    • These x-rays help pinpoint, diagnose and analyze a range of oral health issues: advanced periodontal disease, oral cancer, jaw tumors, and cysts in the mouth of jaw bone.
    • Panoramic x-rays also help address impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth and the damages caused by teeth-grinding.
    • This imaging even shows and jaw disorders or abnormalities, such as temporomandibular joint or TMJ problems.
    • Doctors can also treat sinusitis and related issues by performing these x-rays on patients.