Panoramic Radiography: What You Need to Know

X-rays are an effective method used by dentists to make a diagnosis and propose a treatment plan. However, there are several types of X-rays, targeting more or less specific areas of the teeth and jaw. The panoramic radiography allows the experts to see the entire jaw, upper and lower, and the teeth.

The Centre Dentaire & D’implantologie Boucherville, your dentist on the South Shore, explains what this type of X-ray is used for. The team uses state-of-the-art equipment to make accurate and rapid diagnoses and treat you gently.

X-rays are an effective method used by dentists to make a diagnosis and propose a treatment plan.

A Multipurpose Radiography

In fact, panoramic radiography can be used not only by your dentist, but also by specialists in implantology, orthodontics and periodontics. It not only allows them to visualize conditions such as cavities, cysts or abscesses, but also the positioning of all your teeth and future teeth.

Among other purposes, your dentist will be able to detect an inadequate positioning of the teeth and prescribe an orthodontic treatment. For the orthodontist, the X-ray will allow him or her to design a more accurate treatment plan. In addition to taking an impression, which allows for the fabrication of a custom-made dental prosthesis, the orthodontist will be able to access important information such as upcoming teeth, for example the growth of wisdom teeth, which have an impact on the treatment.

The panoramic radiography will also be used in implantology, as the area to be treated must be healthy; a patient may not be suitable for the implant. In case of dental health concerns, treatments could be prescribed before the placement of an implant, for example. Afterwards, the X-ray will allow the expert to monitor the condition of the teeth and dentures.

In addition to the teeth, this X-ray shows all the periodontal tissues, the only tissue visible to the naked eye being the gum. The internal tissues, especially the soft tissues, will then be penetrated by the X-rays. While the bones and teeth will be displayed in white, the infected areas will appear as black spots on the X-ray image. The accuracy of the X-ray image will allow the periodontitis to be located and treated with the appropriate therapy.

During a panoramic radiography, you will have to remove your jewelry, glasses and removable dental appliances. Then, while sitting or standing, you will position your head against a headrest and a plastic support will be placed between your front teeth. Since it is panoramic, the camera will go around your face to capture a complete image of your jaw. 

This is done quickly and without pain or discomfort. However, if you are pregnant, inform your dentist: X-rays are generally contraindicated.

At the Centre Dentaire & D’implantologie Boucherville, X-rays are now completely digital, which means they will be automatically ready to be viewed on the computer and quickly added to your file.

It also means that X-rays are significantly reduced. In fact, X-rays are safe for both adults and children. It is even advisable to perform the first X-rays on young children on a regular basis: their teeth evolve and change rapidly!

Panoramic radiography helps many dental health professionals, not just general dentists, to develop customized treatment plans.

In fact, panoramic radiography can be used not only by your dentist, but also by specialists in implantology, orthodontics and periodontics

Your Dental Care in Boucherville

The Centre Dentaire & D’implantologie Boucherville welcomes you in a reassuring environment. Our professionals specialize not only in the treatment, but also in the prevention of oral diseases. With an educational approach, our experts will help you and your family adopt healthy dental hygiene habits. 

Whether you are experiencing unusual symptoms or simply want a routine cleaning, our professionals will provide you with customized care and advice.

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