Why We Make Sure to Carefully Look at Panoramic X-rays
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Harry Albers, DDS
If there is one thing that many people hate, it is dental x-rays. In the past, we would have to bite down on that horrible tasting film to get x-rays of our mouth.
Now, however, there is the wonder of panoramic x-rays. Have you ever wondered why we look at panoramic x-rays? Keep reading. Let's discuss the reasons why we look at panoramic x-rays.
What Is A Panoramic X-Ray?
Panoramic x-rays are a type of two-dimensional x-ray that takes a picture of the entire mouth of a patient in one x-ray rather than four torturous x-ray films as in the past. The x-ray includes a view of all of your teeth, as well as your jawbones, and the bones close to your jawline. Some panoramic x-rays also look at a patient's head and neck. These views allow dentists to get a view of problems with the head, neck, jawbone, and surrounding tissue.
Why Panoramic X-rays are Important
We look carefully at panoramic x-rays in order to ensure that you get the best care possible. When we look at panoramic x-rays we can view your entire jaw and how they work together as a whole. In addition, abnormalities in the jaw, and tumors or growths can also be seen.
The more quickly we can jump on any problems that you may have, the quicker we can resolve problems. For so many dental issues, early detection is the key. For example, if we spot a crack in your tooth early, we may be able to fix it before you lose a portion of the tooth.
Also, panoramic x-rays allow us to see changes in your mouth over time. If your teeth are shifting, or you are grinding or clenching your teeth, we will be able to see these changes over time.
If you have questions about panoramic x-rays, we would love to talk to you! Why not give us a call today?