If you’ve had dental x-rays, you know how beneficial they can be in finding cavities. But what about oral problems not pertaining to your teeth? The doctors at Wolf Family Dentistry have the technology to see other areas of your mouth with the use of our panoramic x-ray machine. Much like a panoramic picture, the Panorex x-ray provides a full view of the scenery – in this case, your entire oral cavity.
The Panorex x-ray allows our doctors to view areas of your jaw that can’t be seen with traditional dental x-rays. With a Panorex x-ray the doctors can view:
- Your entire upper and lower jawbone
- Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or jaw joints
- The nasal sinuses and their surrounding bone
- The mandibular nerve, which provides sensation to the teeth and gums of the lower jaw
The Panorex x-ray is often used in the following areas of dental care:
Early Detection of Oral Cancer – Physical symptoms of oral cancer may not become evident until it’s advanced. A panoramic x-ray makes it easier to see cysts and tumors, whether benign or malignant.
Jaw Bone Problems – Your dentist can locate fractures or trauma to the jaw bone. Diseases of the jaw bone are also more evident on a Panorex x-ray.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth — Dentists can see the location and angle of which wisdom teeth are impacted, which may help them determine an oral surgery treatment plan.