What to Expect During a Panoramic Dental X-Ray

June 6, 2013

Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of maintaining your oral health as they provide your dentist with information that is not evident during a visual inspection. For example, X-rays can help your dentist identify cavities in between teeth, abscesses and cysts, bone loss, and oral malocclusions or abnormalities, and even evidence of oral cancer.

A panoramic X-ray is often performed during the initial planning stage of orthodontic treatment. This X-ray is taken by a machine that rotates around your head in order to provide an image of your teeth and jaws in a single view. After the X-ray is taken, your orthodontist will assess the image for signs of malocclusion—including overbite, underbite, crossbite, misplaced midline, crowding, and spacing issues.

Dental X-ray panoramic exam film

Make sure you know what to expect before, during, and after orthodontic treatment by contacting Seligman Orthodontics in New York City at (646) 681-8516. You can also schedule an initial consultation by visiting our website .

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