The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-Rays

Posted on 10/25/2019 by Karl Olson
The Difference Between Panoramic X-Rays and Digital X-RaysYou might have heard the terms “panoramic x-ray” and “digital x-ray” and wondered what they mean and what the difference is. As it turns out, they are more or less the same thing. Actually, panoramic x-ray is a powerful type of x-ray that does a lot more than traditional radiography.

The Difference between Normal X-Ray and Panoramic X-Ray

When you visit a dentist's office under normal conditions, they might want to take an x-ray. They will give you a piece of plastic on which you're supposed to bite during the procedure. They will then take multiple pictures of your mouth at different angles. The whole idea is to get many pictures of your teeth at different angles. It all really depends on the teeth you have a problem with so they might just take a few pictures, or they may take a whole bunch.

While normal x-rays are all good, they are actually a bit time consuming and expose the patient to x-rays longer than they might be comfortable with. That's where panoramic x-rays come in.

A panoramic x-ray doesn't require multiple pictures to be taken. It gives a single image of the entire mouth, including all the teeth, jaws, and sinuses. You get a nice and flat picture of the curved mouth, which makes it much easier to analyze for our dentists.

Panoramic x-rays are pretty useful for showing impacted teeth, cysts, tumors, infections, cysts, and fractures. This is something that you won't be able to do easily with a normal x-ray. On the other hand, panoramic x-rays aren't as useful as normal ones for identifying cavities.

When you come to our offices, we're going to decide which type of x-ray is best for your teeth, depending on the kind of problem you have. However, for that to happen, it is important that you visit your offices whenever you suspect that you might have a problem so we can look at it immediately.

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