The panoramic x-ray is a digital radiograph that scans the entire mouth in a single image. It provides a full two-dimensional view of the oral cavity, which includes the teeth, upper and lower jaws, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular jaw (TMJ).
The panoramic x-ray is an excellent and useful piece of imaging to view and diagnose existing restorations, tooth infections, cavities, gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, sinus problems, tooth development, and early detection of cysts or tumors in the jaw.
A panoramic x-ray is taken at the patient's initial visit. A lead apron will be placed on the patient and he/she will stand in the center of the machine. The machine will rotate in a half circle around the head, starting at one side of the jaw to the other side. The patient will need to hold still but the process takes only seconds to complete. We recommend updating this film every three to five years.