Panoramic Photos Aren’t Just for the Grand Canyon
As our smart phones get smarter and smarter, it seems they can do just about anything. One of the latest features is the ability to easily take panoramic photographs. What used to require stitching together two or three photos can now be done with a single pass. At Kalil & Kress, we’re big fans of panoramic photos, too. We just like to take them of your teeth and mouth area.
What are panoramic x-rays?
At Kalil & Kress, we have digital panoramic x-ray technology that takes digital images, rather than the film of most older x-ray systems. Our panoramic x-rays are part of our overall belief in preventive dentistry. Panoramic x-rays provide images of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues of the mouth. But, unlike bitewing x-rays that are focused solely on the teeth, panoramic x-rays give us a much broader perspective on the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular jaw joints.
Why are digital x-rays better?
Both our panoramic and traditional x-rays are all digital at Kalil & Kress. People sometimes wonder what’s the big deal about these. First, they deliver significantly lower levels of radiation than traditional x-ray machines. Second, the images can be enhanced, enlarged, and adjusted for contrast, all of which are very helpful when looking for issues such as dental caries. Plus, should we ever seek a second opinion from a colleague, sending a digital file is instant. That’s a far cry from sending x-ray film off for a second look.
What do panoramic x-rays show us?
We don’t use our panoramic x-rays for detecting cavities. They have a different role. Here’s what conditions we use our panoramic x-rays to identify:
- Bone abnormalities
- Impacted teeth
- Solid growths (tumors)
How are they taken and how often?
Unlike bitewings, where the film is placed inside the mouth, panoramic x-rays are taken with a camera that pivots around the patient’s mouth, face, and neck.
We recommend that patients have a digital panoramic x-ray every 2-5 years.
It is time for checkup? Call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004 and set up your appointment.