What Are Panoramic Dental X-Rays

August 29, 2016 | Posted in Education

Panoramic dental x-rays are the preferred type of x-ray when dentists need to capture the entire mouth in one image. They are commonly performed by dentists and oral surgeons to plan for braces, dentures, extractions and implants. Panoramic x-rays take images in 2-D, and capture the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding tissue. Imaging with x-ray exposes part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce the image.
Common uses for panoramic x-rays over conventional intraoral x-rays are planning for procedures, and revealing dental problems such as advanced periodontal disease, jaw tumors and oral cancer, impacted teeth (wisdom teeth), jaw disorders, and sinusitis.
Preparing for a panoramic x-ray is very simple. You will be asked to wear a lead apron to protect the rest of your body from any radiation exposure, and you will be asked to remove any jewellery, eyeglasses, and other metal objects that are in the region being imaged. It’s very important that women always inform their dentist or oral surgeon if there is a possibility of them being pregnant. Many tests aren’t performed during pregnancy to protect the fetus from any radiation. If the x-ray is necessary, extra precautions can be made to minimize the radiation exposure to the baby.
If you have any further questions, or would like to ask about receiving a panoramic x-ray yourself, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.