A panoramic dental x-ray or panorex uses a minute amount of ionizing radiation to capture the image of your entire mouth, including tissues and surrounding structures.
This x-ray is used in developing a treatment plan for oral appliances or treatments that you need. Dental health professionals take panorex for patients regularly.
Here at Embrace Dental, we offer panoramic radiography for your convenience. This procedure does not require special preparations. However, for your safety, we ask that you let us know if you have existing medical conditions, are currently expecting, or may be pregnant.
X-rays are used to diagnose and treat dental conditions. The traditional x-ray uses a film or detector that is inserted into your mouth. The modern panoramic x-ray machine has two sides - one where the x-ray tube is mounted and the other is where the film or detector is.
Your head is positioned with the help of side rests. Your dentist may also provide you with a bite blocker to help keep your mouth open throughout the procedure. Your teeth and head should be properly aligned to capture a clear image.
You will be standing but if necessary, the machine can also be adjusted to cater to patients with special needs. When you’re ready, the x-ray tube rotates around your head in a semi-circle motion. The machine then projects a beam to record images of your mouth.
The entire procedure can be completed within 30 seconds or less. The images are stored electronically and you can and your dentist can view them in real-time. Since they are digital, the images can be adjusted by your dentist to improve accuracy.
Panoramic x-rays can be helpful in various situations, such as the following:
A panoramic x-ray can be good for 3-5 years. If you recently had your x-rays taken, you can request a copy to be forwarded to another dental or health office should you need them.
You will be advised beforehand if you need to take new x-rays. The cost of x-rays and dental check-ups are usually covered by dental insurance. Your dental team can verify this for you.
At Embrace Dental, your oral health is our priority. If you need your panoramic x-rays taken or would like to know more about preventative dental services, contact us today. Let’s keep your smile bright and healthy.