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What is an orthopantomogram?
An orthopantomogram is also known as a panoramic x-ray or just pan for short. This is a type of x-ray that presents a view of both the upper and lower jaws.
Is an orthopantomogram a digital x-ray?
A panoramic x-ray can be either digital or film.
Why do I need to have a panoramic x-ray taken?
There are several reasons our dental team may recommend a panoramic x-ray. One common use of a panoramic x-ray is to check for impacted wisdom teeth. They are also used for assessment and placement of implants, checking periodontal bone loss, assessing TMJ issues and orthodontic planning.
Can a panoramic x-ray be used to check for damage?
Yes. This is an excellent use of a panoramic x-ray. If you have been involved in an accident, a full understanding of your injuries is essential for treatment planning. For example, if you’ve had a fall and sustained impact to your face, our knowledgeable dental team may recommend a panoramic x-ray to ensure they have full appreciation of the extent of the damage to your jaw and teeth.
Comfortable Diagnostic Treatment
Our highly skilled team will position you correctly in the panoramic x-ray machine so you should not experience much discomfort. We will ensure that you are properly protected as well as properly positioned in order to obtain the best quality x-ray. After you are in position, we will leave the room and take the x-ray. All you will hear is a beep while the machine moves around your head while the x-ray is taken.