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Digital Panoramic X-Ray

digital panoramic x-rayDental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones and surrounding tissues. These may show cavities, hidden dental structures (as wisdom teeth or third molars), and bone loss, which often cannot be observed during the visual clinical examination of the patient.
It is likely that both cavities and periodontal disease go undetected during visual examination, so the radiographic examination is a very important complement to the oral examination.

 

The digital radiography is a type of image, in which the X-ray digital sensors are used instead of the traditional radiography. One of the biggest advantages of using this system is that its radiation is much lower than the standard x-ray.
Digital panoramic radiography allows us to have a general vision of all dental and
maxillofacial structures in a flat 2D image, especially to evaluate dental evolution, maxillary
pathology and indispensable in orthodontics.

 

digital radiographyThe routine assessment of the status and development of the dentition through a panoramic radiography is a very complete method of examination, thus the need for other films would be left only for areas where a better detail of the pathology would be needed, so that less radiation would affect our patients, our staff and ourselves.

 


The radiation dose from a panoramic radiography is lower than when a full set of conventional intraoral x-rays are taken.

 

panoramic radiographyOne of the main objectives of the panoramic radiography is not to perform accurate
studies, but to rule out abnormalities that could interfere with the normal development of
the dentition, and if any alteration is found or suspected, use other means to reach an
accurate diagnosis.

 

It is recommended that this type of radiography be used as a co-assistant
instrument of diagnosis; so that way, the dentist can go ahead and discover the different
pathological processes that causes bad dental relations, problems with phonetics, swallowing, maxillofacial alterations, and more.