Why We Use Panoramic X-Rays
At Kalil & Kress, we employ a variety of diagnostic tools to help us see the underlying causes of the dental issues faced by our patients. One of those tools is the panoramic dental x-ray.
Panoramic x-rays, like any other x-ray, are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues in the mouth. They give us a more extensive picture of the health of your mouth and teeth, providing things we can’t see with the naked eye. But unlike close-up x-rays such as bitewings, panoramic x-rays give us a much broader view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal passages, and the temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) joints.
What can we see with panoramic x-rays?
We don’t use panoramic x-rays to find areas of dental decay. We use them to find these conditions:
- Impacted teeth
- Bone abnormalities
- Solid growths (tumors)
Panoramic x-rays are the only way to identify certain oral health issues. For instance, they are basically the only way to see lesions in the sinus cavities of the cheeks, the soft tissue of the neck, and the upper portion of the jaw.
How are they taken? And how often?
Unlike the x-rays you’re used to having with us most of the time, our digital panoramic x-ray machine doesn’t require film to be placed in your mouth (as with bitewings, for instance). Instead, the machine moves in a semicircle around the exterior of your mouth, face, and neck. We recommend doing a panoramic x-ray every two to five years.
Panoramic x-rays are just one way we are staying ahead of the curve at Kalil & Kress.