Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todayâ€™s dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable, and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
If you haven't had a Panorex X-ray yet, you should know it's nothing like you've experienced before. While you'll still wear a lead apron to protect yourself from radiation, you'll stand in the center of the machine. The camera rotates in a half circle around your head, starting at one side of the jaw and ending at another. For a clear picture, you'll need to remain still; don't worry -- it only takes a few seconds for the process to complete.
The Panorex X-ray is a single picture of all your teeth and surrounding bones. Sometimes referred to as a single FMX, or full mouth X-ray, the Panorex provides a two-dimensional panoramic view of your mouth. The resulting X-ray includes more than just a couple of teeth at a time -- and is an excellent alternative to the tiny pictures your dentist has to piece together to see a complete set of your teeth.
The Panorex X-ray also exposes parts of your jaw that can't be seen with traditional dental X-rays. With a Panorex single FMX, your dentist can view your entire upper and lower jawbone, your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or jaw joints, the nasal sinuses and their surrounding bone and the mandibular nerve, which provides sensation to the teeth and gums of the lower jaw.