X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative by helping us diagnose potential oral care issues in your mouth before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth, bone, fillings and crowns are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks.
Panoramic x-rays do not give precise detailed images of individual teeth. Therefore, on patients with teeth, they will be used with intra-oral x-rays for a more accurate and detailed diagnosis.
Panoramic x-rays can also be used in conjunction with Bitewing -rays.
Panoramic x-rays are two dimensional (flat) images that can capture the entire upper and lower jaw.
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These images can be used when placing a digital x-ray sensor inside the mouth is not possible.
Panoramic x-rays are also used with patients who have very few or no teeth.
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