Digital panoramic radiography

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Understanding digital panoramic radiography

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of your smile? A panoramic x-ray, also known as a panorex or orthopantomogram, is a special type of dental x-ray that offers a complete view of the entire mouth, jaw, and even surrounding structures. Unlike regular x-rays that focus on individual teeth, a panoramic x-ray provides a complete “wrap-around” image, revealing hidden details that standard x-rays may miss.

Radiografia panoramica digitale
Digital panoramic radiography

How are panoramic x-rays performed?

The technology behind panoramic x-rays is quite sophisticated. Imagine a large specialized machine with a rotating arm. This arm holds the X-ray generator, which surrounds the head while a sensor on the opposite side captures the image. Precise positioning of the head and body is essential to ensure a clear and detailed x-ray that allows the dentist to identify even the smallest details. Due to their ability to capture a broader view, panoramic x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool and play a critical role in treatment planning. Additionally, they offer a safety advantage, as they use less radiation than other types of x-rays.
radiograpia panaromica digitale
Radiografia panoramica digitale

Why a panoramic x-ray?

In addition to the cases listed below, panoramic radiography can be useful for a variety of other diagnostic purposes. Your dentist will be able to assess whether this exam is necessary for you based on your specific oral situation and medical history. Remember: the panoramic x-ray is a safe and painless exam that takes only a few minutes. If you have any questions or concerns about this type of x-ray, don't hesitate to ask your dentist.
  • Early detection
  • Treatment planning
  • Implant planning
  • Beyond the sight of the teeth
  • Removal of wisdom teeth
  • Unexplained pain

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