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