Digital Panoramic X-Rays

Digital Panoramic X-Rays

A panoramic x-ray gives us a panoramic view of your mouth.  This means that we can see your whole mouth from jaw joint to jaw joint and all the teeth in between.  It provides valuable information about:

  • the position of wisdom teeth
  • receding bone levels, which is a sign of periodontal disease
  • abscesses
  • jaw-joint problems
  • sinus problems

The x-ray film is positioned outside your mouth, and the x-ray head rotates around you. A lead apron protects the rest of your body while your dentist takes x-rays of your mouth.

Digital dental x-rays use highly sensitive sensors, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. Though machines vary, a panoramic x-ray only adds about as much radiation as you’d get from several days of natural background radiation. Even if you’ve recently had other x-rays taken, a panoramic x-ray does not add to that exposure.

Panoramic x-rays are comfortable and safe. They give your dentist information that she can’t get from any other source.