Panoramic X-rays (also known as Panorex®) are wrap around 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.
Panoramic X-rays are extraoral and simple to perform. Usually, dental X-rays involve the film being placed inside the mouth, but panoramic film is hidden inside a mechanism that rotates around the outside of the head.
Panoramic X-rays are generally taken for a baseline around the time the permanent teeth start to erupt. The Planmeca ProMax S3 Panoramic unit at SKY Pediatric Dentistry has the additional ability to take cavity-checking Bitewing X-rays from OUTSIDE the mouth. Please contact Dr. Ashley and the staff at SKY Pediatric Dentistry to learn more.
Panoramic X-rays are extremely versatile in dentistry, and are used to:
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 Planmeca ProMax S3 equipment consists of a robotic arm that holds the X-ray generator, and a moving film attachment that holds the pictures. The head is positioned between these two devices. The X-ray generator moves around the head taking pictures as orthogonally as possible. The positioning of the head and body is what determines how sharp, clear and useful the X-rays will be to the dentist. The pictures are magnified by as much as 30% to ensure that even the minutest detail will be noted.
Panoramic X-rays are an important diagnostic tool and are also valuable for planning future treatment.
If you have questions or concerns about panoramic X-rays, please contact our practice.