Panoramic dental X-ray (orthopantomogram) is a very important stage of diagnostic in dentistry because it displays the state of the entire dentition. This type of examination can be assigned in conjunction with a spot filming of the tooth or computed tomography after the initial examination. This method was first offered in the 1950s, and today is an integral part of quality dentistry.
Panoramic Dental X-ray – Indications
- accurate diagnosis of tumors (cysts and granulomas), foci of caries lesions, which cannot be determined visually; problems with the dental canals; the condition of the tissues surrounding the tooth (periodontal);
- the preparatory stage for implantation (examination of the bone tissue condition);
- preparation for prosthetics;
- correction of bite (thanks to the panoramic dental X-ray and telerogenography, the optimal orthodontic construction is selected);
- examination before surgery;
- tooth removal when there is an inflammation and other diseases.
The advantages of a panoramic dental X-ray
Panoramic dental X-ray or orthopantomogram has a lot of benefits:
- This is a quick and informative research method: it takes several minutes for the doctor to see all the data, determine the exact diagnosis and suggest an effective treatment;
- Modern equipment is safe (the dose of radiation is 40 times less than the allowable rate);
- High image quality;
- The data is stored in digital format, which allows you to enlarge the image, see the dynamics of treatment and quickly restore information from previous years, or promptly send the image to another clinic for further consultation.
Panoramic dental X-ray in complex diagnostics
The decision about the need for a panoramic dental picture of the teeth is taken by the doctor after the initial examination. Often this type of research is a stage of comprehensive diagnostics to clarify the diagnosis or planning dental treatment. Modern digital equipment allows you to get an orthopantomogram in the best quality, which affects the formulation of an accurate diagnosis and minimizes the risk of errors or ineffective treatment.