Panorex X-ray in Colorado Springs
Dental technology has come a long way in the past few years! It used to be that X-rays would be used by the dentist to help him spot any cavities in or in between teeth. However, with Panorex panoramic X-rays, Dr. Gary Moore at Stetson Hills Dental can check your teeth and so much more.
What is a Panorex X-ray?
The Panorex panoramic X-ray is sometimes referred to as a full mouth X-ray. It is a two-dimensional picture of all of your teeth and the surrounding bones. This picture is panoramic, meaning that it captures images of more than just a couple of teeth — it takes a picture of:
- The mandibular nerve, which provides sensation to the gums and teeth of the lower jaw;
- The entire upper and lower jawbone;
- The jaw joints;
- The nasal sinuses and the bones that surround them.
Another benefit of the Panorex X-ray is that it puts images of all these parts of the jaw onto one picture, making it easy for the dentist to see everything all at once.
What is the procedure for a Panorex X-ray?
To get a Panorex X-ray, you’ll put on a protective lead apron, just as you would for any X-ray. You’ll sit in a chair, and put your chin up on a ledge. The camera will start at one end of the jaw and go to the other end. You’ll have to sit perfectly still during the X-ray, but it will only take a few seconds to take the image.
Panorex X-rays are especially helpful for people who have difficulty holding X-ray films in the mouth, which is the traditional way of taking dental X-rays. They are much more comfortable for patients who have fractures of the teeth or jaws and so have difficulty opening their mouth. Some patients also have a problem with gagging when X-ray films have to be held in the mouth.
They also make it easy for dentists to look at children’s teeth. It is important to check the development, position, and eruption of children’s baby teeth and permanent teeth, and a Panorex X-ray can show this.
Panorex X-rays are also perfect for obtaining baseline data for long-term dental health, so the dentist can develop a treatment plan at the beginning of treatment and check on the progress of the treatment as time goes on. These X-rays are also used when setting broken facial bones or for identification in case of an accident. They are also an important part of Dr. Moore’s evaluation to see if a patient should get dentures, implants, or an orthodontic appliance.
What problems can a Panorex X-ray spot?
Panorex X-rays can do so much when it comes to detecting dental or oral health problems! With these X-rays, your dentist can spot:
- Early signs of oral cancer;
- Nonmalignant tumors;
- Problems with the salivary glands, such as stones;
- Damage from trauma that the patient has endured that may not be obvious to the naked eye;
- Issues with the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint);
- Teeth that are impacted (emerging from the gums incorrectly, which can be very painful and cause many serious problems);
- Bone or gum disease;
- Signs of systemic disease, such as osteitis deformans (a bone disorder that can result in enlarged and deformed bones) and hyperparathyroidism (a high amount of parathyroid hormone in the blood, which can result in the weakening of bones);
- Signs of a stroke;
- Signs of osteoporosis (decreased bone strength and density, which increases the risk of broken bones);
- Genetic abnormalities;
- Developmental abnormalities, such as cleft palate;
- Metastases of the jaws (the spread of cancer from one part of the body to the jaws);
- Problems with the sinus region;
- Asymmetry of the oral/maxillofacial area, which is sometimes the result of an eating disorder; and,
- Nerve compression or another issue that is causing hypersensitivity or altered nerve sensation in the lip.
Most people may not realize that a trip to the dentist isn’t just about your teeth — it’s about your health in general. Panorex X-rays can catch issues early that may result in serious problems later. Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental want our patients to stay in the best of health, and that’s why we use Panorex X-rays!
A Panorex X-ray is a normal part of your appointment at Stetson Hills Dental, and an important part of your exam. You can count on Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental to give you the best of care, and to spot any potential health problems.
If you need an exam and cleaning, or if you are having problems with your oral health, give Stetson Hills Dental a call! Make an appointment today, by calling (719) 694-0400.