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Digital Panoramic X-rays
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What do panoramic dental X-ray machines show?
Panoramic dental X-ray machines show a full view of the entire mouth. This means that a single image shows both the upper jaw and the lower jaw and includes teeth and surrounding tissues. If the patient has dental structures, those also show up on the image.
What is the difference between panoramic X-rays and full-mouth X-rays?
The panoramic X-ray shows an image of the upper and lower teeth and jaws. However, this type of X-ray uses less radiation and only captures a 2D image. It can show such issues as impacted teeth, bone fractures, infections and tumors. It cannot produce good-quality images of cavities. Alternatively, a full-mouth dental X-ray captures individual images of certain areas of the mouth. This type of X-ray typically includes a series of bitewing and periapical images. The full-mouth X-ray offers extensive detail that can be used to determine treatment options.
How safe are panoramic dental X-rays?
Panoramic dental X-rays do expose patients to a small amount of radiation. However, this radiation does not stay in your body after the X-ray exam. Panoramic dental X-rays are generally considered very safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken. For example, you may be asked to wear a lead apron to shield the rest of your body from radiation exposure.
Can dental X-rays show nerve damage?
Because an X-ray does not produce images of soft tissue, it cannot show nerve damage. However, an X-ray can pick up the image of a dead nerve that has already caused damage to the tip of a root, and dentists can ask patients specific questions to find out if they are experiencing signs of nerve damage. These symptoms include pain when the tooth is exposed to cold or hot temperatures, sharp tooth pain and discomfort when eating.
Do tooth infections show up on X-rays?
In a way, yes; an X-ray may show evidence of bone loss, which is an indicator of infection.