Panoramic X-Ray

X-rays are the most common and oldest type of medical imaging. A dental x-ray helps the dentist to diagnose and treat dental conditions. A panoramic x-ray is a type of 2-dimensional x-ray that captures your entire mouth in a single image. The x-ray film shows your upper and lower teeth, jaw, and surrounding tissues and structures. Panoramic dental x-rays capture the entire mouth in one image with a very low dosage of ionizing radiation. It's a procedure that dentists and oral surgeons utilize on a regular basis to provide treatment for braces, extractions, implants, and dentures. It is most suitable for patients with a sensitive gag reflex.

There are two sides to a panoramic x-ray machine. On one side, an x-ray tube is placed, and on the other, an x-ray film or a detector. The chin, forehead, and side rests are used to position the patient's head. A bite blocker will be used to open the patient's mouth slightly to get a better view.

What are the Common Uses of Panoramic X-rays?

A panoramic x-ray is a popular and useful diagnostic technique used by dentists and oral surgeons in regular practice. It can reveal several dental and medical conditions such as:

  • Advanced periodontitis
  • Cysts in the jaw bone
  • Oral cancer and jaw tumors
  • Wisdom teeth impaction
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
  • Sinusitis


The panoramic x-ray exam is safe, very easy to take, and completely painless. To begin, you will be requested to sit or stand in the center of the x-ray machine, where our staff will place and secure your head. A bite blocker will be placed in your mouth to make sure that your teeth are properly aligned. Correct positioning of your head is crucial to obtain a proper and clear image. The rotating arm of the machine will move in semi-circles around your head from one side to the other to take the images while you sit/stand very still.

X-rays, much like light and radio waves, are a form of radiation. Our staff will carefully aim the x-ray beam at the area of interest, and the machine will produce a brief burst of radiation that passes through your body and projects the image onto a film or the detector rotating opposite the x-ray tube. The total time taken in the procedure is 2-3 minutes.

How Should I Prepare?

There are no preparations required for a panoramic x-ray examination. However, before beginning the procedure, you may be asked to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, or metal objects from the region being imaged. You will be asked to wear a lead apron as a safety measure. Also, pregnant women must inform the dentist beforehand since many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy.

Please reach out to Capistrano Dentistry in San Juan Capistrano, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist. Please call us at (949) 661 - 9119 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.


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