Have Questions About Panoramic X-Rays in Miami?
Panoramic X-rays (also known as Panorex X-rays) are a type of radiograph that captures a full panoramic image of the patient's teeth and jawbone tissue. Panoramic X-rays are used in instances where traditional X-rays might miss key details that could influence the course of treatment.
At CG Smile, we offer panoramic X-rays for Miami patients seeking comprehensive care. To get started, call CG Smile today and schedule an appointment.
What is a Panoramic Dental X-ray?
Panoramic dental X-rays differ somewhat from the types of X-rays patients are most familiar. First off, there’s the technology; when you receive a panoramic X-ray, your head will be steadied with the use of a chin rest. Depending on the type of panoramic X-ray being performed, a bitewing or bite plate (bite blocker) may be used. A sensor then pivots 180 degrees (from ear to ear) and takes a series of snapshots. Panoramic X-ray machines essentially have two “arms” — the X-ray tube transmits the X-rays and opposing sensor detects and gathers the resulting images. These are later pieced together to create a two-dimensional composite image.
Panoramic X-rays go by many names. Your dentist may refer to this type of X-ray as a Panorex, OPG, OPT, PAN, DPR, dental panoramic radiograph, or pantomogram. These all refer to the same process.
Why are Panoramic X-rays Done?
Panoramic X-rays are often used to detect impacted teeth, cysts, and other conditions that are sometimes not clearly imaged using conventional full-set X-rays. Since teeth and jawbone are curved in an arch, it can be difficult to get a clear idea of the relationship of teeth using other types of X-ray technology. Panoramic X-rays solve this problem by presenting the full arch as a flattened, two-dimensional image.
What Does a Panoramic Dental X-ray Reveal?
Panoramic X-rays reveal features that can be sometimes difficult to capture during standard X-rays, such as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), mandible, maxilla, and sinuses. They are also useful in helping dentists see the “big picture” of a patient’s oral health.
Panoramic X-rays will likely not capture a cavity in a tooth, but they are helpful in detecting issues such as:
- Abnormal bone structures
- Fractures (teeth and jawbone)
- Impacted teeth
- Infections and inflammation
When a dentist suspects one of these issues, a panoramic X-ray may be recommended. Radiographs may also be ordered in the planning stages of a restoration, such as braces, dentures, or dental implants.
Panoramic X-rays are "extraoral" radiographs. This means that no film is placed within the mouth (all imaging takes place outside the oral cavity).
Are Panoramic X-rays Safe?
Panoramic X-rays give off 40% less radiation than traditional full-set bitewing X-rays. The low level of radiation a patient receives during panoramic X-rays is deemed to be safe. To further reduce your radiation exposure, the radiologist will have you wear a thyroid collar and lead apron while the X-rays are being conducted.
Are Panoramic X-rays Covered by Insurance?
All types of X-rays, including panoramic X-rays, are ordered on a "medically necessary" basis. While most dental insurance plans cover panoramic X-rays, it's always a good idea to check with your provider's "limitations and exclusions" and "evidence of coverage" policies before having a panoramic radiograph performed.
How Do I Prepare for this Type of X-ray?
Panoramic X-rays are fast and do not require any special planning on the part of the patient. If you are wearing glasses, earrings, or other pieces of jewelry, you may be asked to remove these before the X-ray. The dentist will also ask if you are pregnant or if you suspect that you maybe pregnant
In addition to panoramic X-rays, CG Smile also performs periapical X-rays, bitewing X-rays, and CT scans. To schedule an appointment, contact CG Smile today!
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