A panorex is a two-dimensional dental x-ray that displays both the upper and lower jaws and teeth, in the same film.
Panorex films are used regularly for:
- Orthodontic assessments
- Diagnosis of wisdom teeth impaction
- Diagnosis of advanced periodontal disease
- Assess the TMJ, or jaw joint
- Detecting oral cancer
During the x-ray, the patient is asked to bite down on a special tool that assists the operator in positioning the patients head in the correct position. The patient is asked to stay very still while the panorex machine travels around the outside of the patients head, for approximately 20 seconds. The image is either displayed digitally on a computer, or processed onto traditional x-ray film, to be used by the dentist.
Your dentist may recommend a panorex every five years, or whenever necessary for your specific situation.