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We See a Lot Going on When We Look at Your Panoramic X-rays


Posted on 5/10/2021 by Neil Starr DDS PC
We See a Lot Going on When We Look at Your Panoramic X-raysDental x-rays are extremely useful as we can see more detailed images of your bones and teeth. There are several types of x-rays, and we like to use the panoramic dental x-ray among others. This type of x-ray allows us to look at your entire mouth in one single image. The imaging machine is outside of your mouth. It rotates in a semicircle around your head starting at one side of your jaw and ending on the other. The procedure to complete a panoramic x-ray is about 13 seconds. The end product is an image which portrays a comprehensive view of your mouth.

What we See in a Panoramic X-ray


A panoramic dental x-ray is like an entire map of your head. This image shows us your entire mouth, including the upper and lower jaws. It even shows your temporomandibular (TMJ) joints. In addition, all your teeth are visible in this image as are your nasal area and sinuses as well. This one image portrays many facets of your face. It is a flat representation of your curved jaw, and it is easy to get a total picture of your head.

We look for infections and tumors when we scrutinize your panoramic x-ray. We also look for bone abnormalities and fractures. Lastly, we look for dental issues like cysts or impacted teeth.

We use the panoramic dental x-ray to strategize the best treatment plan for braces, implants, or dentures. We can also easily send a panoramic dental x-ray to other specialists.

Give us a Call


Panoramic x rays allow us to take in a lot of information in one image. They are invaluable and safe. We would love to educate you more on our other types of x-rays and help you to have the best dental experience at your next cleaning and exam. Give us a call to schedule your next appointment.


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