A digital panoramic x-ray is an examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues.
A panoramic x-ray is a commonly performed exam by dentists and oral surgeons in everyday practice and is an important diagnostic tool. It covers a wider area than a conventional intraoral x-ray and, as a result, provides valuable information about the nasal area, maxillary sinuses, teeth positioning and bone irregularities. This exam is also used to plan treatment for full/partial dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
This particular x-ray can also reveal the presence of an existing issue or potential problem such as:
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Oral cysts
- Tumors and oral cancer
- Impacted teeth
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
And as published by the ADA, a digital panoramic x-ray is 0.20 mSv of radiation.