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Digital Xray and Panoramic Xray

Digital X-ray and panoramic X-ray services are diagnostic tools that enable dental professionals to take detailed images of a patient's teeth, jaw, and surrounding structures. These images help dentists detect issues that might not be visible to the naked eye.

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What Are Digital X-ray and Panoramic X-ray Services?

With digital X-ray technology, instead of using traditional film for image production, images are produced in real time on a digital sensor instead.

Panoramic X-ray technology utilizes a special camera to capture images of all parts of a patient's mouth in one scan - including teeth, upper and lower jaws, sinuses, and joints. This full-mouth view gives dentists an overview of a patient's oral health and allows them to spot potential issues early on.

The Benefits of Digital X-ray and Panoramic X-ray Services

Digital X-ray technology produces clear and detailed images of a patient's teeth and surrounding structures, making it easier for dentists to diagnose problems and spot potential issues that may not be visible at first glance. Digital X-ray technology reduces radiation exposure compared to traditional film X-rays, which is especially advantageous for patients requiring frequent imaging such as those undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Digital X-ray technology offers patients a comfortable experience. The digital sensor used in the process is smaller and less invasive than traditional film, creating a less stressful environment for the patient.

Why Are Digital X-ray and Panoramic X-ray Services Essential for Dental Offices?

Digital X-ray and panoramic X-ray services are essential for dental offices, as they allow professionals to deliver more precise patient care with improved image quality, faster image retrieval, and reduced radiation exposure.

Taking a digital xray or panoramic xray is usually performed by dental professionals such as dentists, hygienists, or assistants.
Here are the general steps to take for either type of xray:

  • Digital X-ray:
    A dental professional will insert a small digital sensor into the patient's mouth that connects to the computer. The dental professional will adjust the sensor to capture images of the area being examined in the mouth. They will then use a handheld xray machine to direct an intense beam of radiation towards a sensor. Once an X-ray is taken, it is instantly displayed on a computer for the dental professional to assess.

  • Panoramic X-ray:
    The dental professional will instruct the patient to stand or sit with their chin on a small shelf and bite down on an inconspicuous plastic device. They will then position the panoramic X-ray machine around the patient's head, aligning their midline with that of the machine. The machine will start to revolve around the patient's head, taking pictures of all aspects of their mouth. Images are then processed and displayed on a computer screen for the dental professional to evaluate.

    It is essential to note that patients typically wear a lead apron during an xray to protect their body from radiation exposure. Furthermore, dental professionals who take X-rays must have specialized training and certification for both patient safety and the safety of the dental professional taking the image.