Just as a panoramic photograph allows you to see a broad view of a large area, such as the Grand Canyon, a panoramic x-ray (also called radiograph) allows your dentist to see the entire structure of your mouth (all of your upper and lower teeth and parts of your jaw) in a single image. A common use of a panoramic x-ray, for example, is to assess teeth development in a child or teenager, especially wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth don't erupt until the teenage years or beyond and can cause crowding or become impacted (because the teeth don't have enough room to grow).
Should I be concerned about exposure to radiation?
All health care providers are sensitive to patients' concerns about exposure to radiation. Reynolds Dentistry has been trained to prescribe x-rays when they are appropriate and to tailor their frequency to each patient's individual needs. By using state-of-the-art technology and staying knowledgeable about recent advances, Reynolds Dentistry knows which techniques, procedures and x-ray films can minimize your exposure to radiation.