Panoramic x-rays (also called Panorex or orthopantomograms) are wraparound photos of the teeth and face. They provide an ear-to-ear two-dimensional picture of the upper and lower jaw. They are taken outside of the mouth and are simple to perform. The camera rotates outside of the patient’s head. Panoramic x-rays are generally taken at a patient’s first visit, and after that on an as-needed basis.
A panoramic x-ray provides a view of the nasal and sinus areas, as well as of the mandibular nerve. It is not administered to provide a detailed view of each tooth; bitewing x-rays provide that.
Panoramic x-rays are used to:
- Reveal the positioning of wisdom teeth
- Evaluate TMJ
- Assess patients with an extreme gag reflex
- Show impacted teeth
- Expose cysts and abnormalities
- Show jawbone fractures
- Help develop a treatment plan for dentures, implants, and braces
- Reveal cavities and gum disease
- Expose sinus problems
How are panoramic x-rays taken?
The equipment consists of a rotating arm that moves around the patient’s head, taking pictures of the outside of the head and mouth as it moves.
If you have any questions or concerns about panoramic X-rays, please call or contact our office.