A panorex is a very impressive piece of imaging machinery in that it is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray cannot. Initially, you will stand or sit in a chair with your chin positioned on a small ledge. Once positioned in the machine, it will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, joints, sinuses and jaw bones. The panorex is a great image to have in children when teeth are forming to ensure the correct number of teeth are present and any complications that could arise with eruption of the teeth, spacing, or impacted wisdom teeth.
The ability to view the full structure of your sinus cavities, temporomandibular joints, teeth, and jaw bones is very informative to the dentist. It will allow us to see any potential problems and make sure that everything is functioning as it should be. The panorex is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections, or asymmetry among many others.