Panoramic X-rays

Panoramic X-rays (also known as a Panorex®) are wraparound photographs of the face and teeth.  They offer a view that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.  X-rays in general, expose hidden structures, such as wisdom teeth, reveal preliminary signs of cavities, and also show fractures and bone loss.

Panoramic X-rays are extraoral and simple to perform.  Usually, dental X-rays involve the film or sensor from being placed inside the mouth, but panoramic xrays are taken from the outside of the head.

Panoramic X-rays are generally only taken on an as-needed basis.  A panoramic X-ray is not conducted to give a detailed view of each tooth, but rather to provide a better view of the sinus areas, nasal areas and mandibular nerve.

Panoramic X-rays are extremely versatile in dentistry, and are used to:

  • Assess wisdom tooth position and development.
  • Predict the need for future Orthodontics (braces).
  • Evaluate the progression of TMJ disorder.
  • Expose cysts, tumors, or other abnormalities.
  • Expose impacted teeth,missing teeth or extra teeth.
  • Expose jawbone fractures.
  • Plan treatment (full and partial dentures, braces and implants).
  • Reveal gum disease and cavities.

If you have questions or concerns about panoramic X-rays, please contact our practice.


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Our Irvine, CA Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists at Irvine Children's Dentistry are dental professionals dedicated to excellence in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics (braces) for children and teens. Available treatments include dental cleanings, comprehensive exams, digital x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, white fillings, crowns, root canal treatments, extractions, emergency care, laser dentistry, gum surgery, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, Invisalign, braces and more.

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Irvine, CA, 92612
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