Not all dental problems are just about your teeth. Surrounding bones, nerves, and nasal passages have a huge impact on your dental health. Panorex Xray displays your entire mouth including the upper and lower jawbone; your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) or jaw joints; nasal sinuses and their surrounding bone; and the mandibular nerve, which provides sensation to the teeth and gums of the lower jaw. This complete picture is used to look for and diagnose several conditions, such as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, jaw bone problems, sinus issues, gum disease, and impacted wisdom teeth. Panorex X-ray is useful in implant planning, determining the need for dentures or dental braces, and checking that your child’s permanent teeth are developing correctly beneath his or her baby teeth.
While the procedure is similar to Panorex x-ray, Cephalometric x-ray takes a picture of your entire skull and profile. Used mainly in orthodontics for growth and development calculations, Cephalometric x-ray looks at the teeth in relation to the jaw and the profile of the individual. Orthodontists use cephalometric projections to plan their treatments. They will look at the entire face to determine the best way to get the teeth aligned in the right way for that particular person, according to the size of their teeth and jaws.