Panoramic x-rays are wonderful as they allow dentists and patients to see the entire mouth in one image.
The first advantage of a panoramic is for our patients who are gaggers. All that you the patient has to do is bite down on a small block which is very comfortable and the machine rotates around your head within 15 to 30 seconds. This is wonderful for people who have had difficulty in the past with intraoral x-rays
The second advantage is that we can monitor bone levels in the mouth easily and check for periodontal disease more easily. Periodontal disease can be easier to diagnose by using a panoramic because we can more easily compare all teeth
The third advantage is that we can monitor growth of children. The panoramic x-ray often shows us which teeth a child has before the baby tooth has come out. From this we can make sure that all teeth are developing normally as well as screen for orthodontic issues
The final advantage is screening for possible non dental problems that aren't found on smaller x-rays. With this we can check the jaw joints as well as bone that isn't often seen on smaller x-rays.