Panoramas Aren’t Just an iPhone App

panoramic X-rayX-rays and dentistry have been a match made in heaven ever since the first x-rays were developed in 1895. They’re every bit as important as body x-rays and for the same reason — you can’t see inside the teeth with the naked eye.

At Kalil & Kress we switched over to fully digital X-rays many years ago. We find them to have many advantages, plus they only emit a fraction of the radiation as a film X-ray machine does.

One of our digital X-rays we utilize for various diagnostic options are panoramic X-rays. These aren’t done yearly, but every 2-5 years depending on the needs and history of the individual patient. We find panoramic X-rays valuable in identifying problems that regular periapical X-rays cannot.

What are panoramic X-rays?

Everyone is used to the typical X-rays taken at the dentist’s office. They are taken close-up and are great for helping to detail the health of individual teeth. Our panoramic X-rays, however, show the whole picture. They take a much broader view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) joints.

What can we see with a panoramic X-ray?

We don’t use panoramic X-rays to identify cavities. That’s the job of periapical X-rays. We identify the following conditions with our panoramic X-ray:

  • Impacted teeth
  • Bone abnormalities
  • Cysts
  • Solid growths (tumors)
  • Infections
  • Fractures

How do we take a panoramic X-ray?

Digital bitewing or periapical X-rays use a camera that is placed adjacent to the patient’s cheek. The camera is moved to get the various portions of the mouth. But with our panoramic X-ray machine, the patient stands and places his or her forehead onto a resting panel to stay still. Then the camera rotates around the person’s head. The images generated are digital, so they are instantly available and can be enhanced and enlarged easily as needed. If needed, they can be sent out to other dentists for second opinions or other reasons.

Our panoramic X-ray capability is just part of our commitment to the latest technology for our patients. Is it time for your next exam and cleaning? Call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004.

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