Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic X-Rays

We have our own Panoramic X-ray machine.

As the name suggests a Panoramic X-ray makes a half circle from ear to ear to produce a panoramic two dimensional representation of all your teeth to give an overall picture of your teeth and jaw bones in one X-Ray film.

Where the bite-wing or peri-apical X-ray film allow us to see small areas of your mouth; the Panoramic X-ray film allows us to see a “panoramic” single picture view of your entire oral cavity, teeth and jaws, all at one time.

This “panoramic” view of your oral cavity is accomplished by rotating the X-ray film around your head for about 12 seconds. It is important that you remain as still as possible during these 12 seconds to obtain a total angle view for a high quality picture. You will be positioned erect between the x-ray source and the film. Correct position of the head is very important for a good picture.

Our Panoramic machine can also take specialized TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) X-ray’s.

This Panoramic X-ray is especially effective in following situations:

  • View and diagnose fractures of the teeth and/or jaws when it is difficult to open your mouth

  • View development, position, and eruption of primary teeth so we can see all your child's baby teeth and permanent teeth at one time

  • For individuals who have difficulty holding x-ray films in their mouth

  • Diagnosing Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction or Jaw joint Problems

  • Viewing impacted wisdom teeth

  • Detecting presence of bone or gum diseases

  • Diagnosing early signs of oral cancer

  • Discovering cysts and tumors

  • Surveying the sinus region

  • Discovering stones in the salivary glands

  • Examining trauma patients

  • Obtaining baseline data for long term dental health

  • Diagnostic data for referring dentist to use

  • Identification in case of an accident

  • Provide valuable information about signs of Alveolar bone loss

  • Evaluation for full or partial removable dentures, dental implants, or braces.

  • Alternative for those who can not tolerate other types of films and have sensitive gagging reflex