What is an X-ray?
A Dental panoramic radiograph (or DPT) is a general view of the teeth and jaws. The machine rotates around the head and follows the outline of your jaws.
Are X-rays safe?
As with other medical procedures, X-rays are safe when used with care. Our dentists have been trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to obtain the needed results. We adhere strictly to the international principle known as ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable). Properly conducted imaging carries minimal risks and should be performed when clinically indicated. To put things into perspective, the average person’s annual exposure to background natural radiation is roughly 2.2 mSv. A digital panoramic view is 0.020 mSv and a digital cephalometric view is 0.007 mSv. Click here for more information about X-rays.
What is a Cone Beam CT Scan?
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) is similar to a conventional medical CT scan, providing fast and accurate visualisation of bony anatomical structures in 3D. However, CBCT scanning resolution is higher, with less artefact and scatter. The scan field of view can also be reduced to image smaller volumes and lower the radiation dose associated with each scan. In addition, the 3D equipment used in the clinic uses a lower dose than most current machines.
What is a Cephalometric view?
Cephalometric views, also known as Lateral Skull Radiographs (LSR) are profile views of the head which allow the orthodontist to analyse the relation of your jaws to each other and the rest of your face and also the relation of your jaws to your teeth. This enables accurate diagnosis of the orthodontic problem. The information is used to formulate a treatment plan leading to the best possible outcome.
What is a panoramic radiograph?
A Dental panoramic radiograph (or DPT) is a general view of the teeth and jaws. The machine rotates around the head and follows the outline of your jaws. The view allows the dentist to diagnose any gross abnormalities of the teeth or jawbones. The machine is used in dental clinics in every day practice and is important for anything ranging from dentures, braces and appliances as well as extractions, crowns, fillings and more.
Its uses as a diagnostics tool extend even further as Dental panoramic radiographs enable detection of potentially serious conditions such as periodontal disease, jaw tumours, impacted teeth and more. Having a DTP is entirely painless. There are no risks associated with this type of radiograph although if you are pregnant or suspect you might be, you should inform your dentist. Generally most patients are asked to wear a lead apron to shield you from any radiations emitted by the machine. Any items of jewelry of metal objects should also be removed.