A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray.
Panoramic X-ray (Sirona): Reasons why you should you should use Panoramic x-Ray
1. Better patient acceptance: Patients can easily stand or sit during the panoramic X-ray examination that can be performed once, as opposed to a bitewing series of up to four X-ray exposures that take several steps, some of which may be uncomfortable for patients.
2. More diagnostic: In Panoramic X-Ray diagnostic decision 2.5 times faster from the pan bitewings than from the full-mouth survey. Panoramic images provide more coverage for periodontal bone defects, periapical lesions, and pathological jaw lesions than bitewings, thus extending the diagnostic benefit of pan bitewings as compared to intraoral bitewings.
3. Less radiation exposure: A panoramic bitewing study may cut radiation dose by 40% in comparison with intraoral, bitewing X-ray studies.
4. Less infection control: With traditional bitewing X-rays, dentists will have to wrap and unwrap the sensor after each patient; disinfect it and the sensor holder; disinfect the machine tube head, yolk, and cone; disinfect any soiled countertop areas, as well as dispose of and change gloves. Using the panoramic machine requires no gloves and virtually no between-procedure cleaning or infection control.