Along with digital X-rays, panoramic and cephalometric X-rays are diagnostic tools that Dr. Ryan Hodges may use to further evaluate your teeth and jaws and plan your treatment. Both panoramic and cephalometric X-rays are a type of extraoral imaging, meaning that nothing is inserted into your mouth during the imaging process. Panoramic and cephalometric X-ray machines simply rotate around your head to capture images and provide our orthodontist and team with high-definition images.
Panoramic and cephalometric images are very similar. However, there are some slight differences between these two imaging technologies. A panoramic X-ray will focus primarily on the jaw, capturing images of the full upper and lower dental arches including the jawbones and surrounding facial structures. A cephalometric X-ray uses a specially adapted film holder mounted on a mechanical arm to capture images of your entire oral structure, including the nasal and sinus passageways to providing a comprehensive view of your jaw, mouth and head.
These imaging technologies allow us to:
- Assess the need for orthodontic treatment
- Evaluate the progress of orthodontic treatment
- Evaluate the jaw joint to diagnose problems or plan treatments
- Evaluate any dental or facial trauma or other issues which may occur
- Plan better quality treatments to meet your needs and smile goals
Some benefits of panoramic and cephalometric imaging include:
- Comprehensive views of your jaws, mouth and side profile
- Views of the jaw in relation to the cheekbones
- Easy measurement of the teeth
- Quick and accurate diagnosis of injuries to the teeth and jawbone
- Additional information about the cause of bad bites
- Images which are magnified up to 30% for easier viewing
- More effective and thorough treatment planning
Many people worry about their safety or their children’s safety when receiving X-rays. At Hodges Orthodontics, we only take X-rays after Dr. Hodges has evaluated the patient and determined that there is an immediate need for one. Additionally, digital X-rays are extremely safe for use — in fact, they produce up to 90% less radiation than traditional film radiography. X-ray machines are also inspected regularly to ensure that they are safe and functioning correctly.
To schedule your free consultation at Hodges Orthodontics and learn more about the advantages of panoramic and cephalometric imaging in Newbury Park and Moorpark, California, please call or text our office at 805-498-1006.