Digital Panoramic Radiographs and CT Scans are the new standard in clinical diagnosis. At SLO Dental Practice we are proud to offer the best dental services always using the latest dental technology.
We are delighted to announce that we recently acquired the ORTHOPHOS SL 3D machine. A genuine all-rounder X-ray device which provides incredibly sharp 2D panoramic images with its DCS sensor and Sharp Layer Technology. It also provides full 3D volume flexibility for CT Scans due to its selectable fields of view and easier, more secure patient positioning for the perfect image.
Modern dental care is a careful blend of high-tech procedures with old-fashioned care.
So what is a Panoramic and why should you care?
A Digital Panoramic Radiograph is a complete wrap-around view of the face and teeth. They offer a perspective that includes all teeth, jaw joints, and sinus areas that are not available with individual x-rays. In general, they expose hidden structures, such as wisdom teeth, reveal preliminary signs of cavities, can show fractures and bone loss of the jaw, and help differentiate a sinus problem when it is suspected to have caused dental problems.
Panoramic X-rays are extra-oral and simple to perform with reduced radiation. Usually, dental X-rays involve the sensor being placed inside the mouth, but the panoramic sensor is inside a mechanism that rotates around the outside of your head.
A panoramic x-ray is not intended to give a detailed view of each individual tooth, but rather to provide an expanded view that includes the sinus areas, nasal areas and mandibular nerve. Panoramic X-rays are much more comfortable than bitewing X-rays especially when a patient is having discomfort inside their mouth.
Panoramic X-rays are preferable to bitewing X-rays when a patient is in extreme pain, and when a sinus problem is suspected to have caused dental problems.
Panoramic X-rays are extremely versatile in dentistry, and are used to:
- Assess patients with an extreme gag reflex.
- Evaluate the progression of TMJ.
- Expose cysts and abnormalities.
- Expose impacted teeth.
- Expose jawbone fractures.
- Plan treatment (full and partial dentures, braces and implants).
- Reveal gum disease and cavities.
If you have questions or concerns about our panoramic, please contact us.