In the interest of offering the best care to patients, our office is proud to announce the availability of digital panoramic radiographs.  As current patients will know, we upgraded to intraoral digital radiography ("X-Rays") in the summer of 2012.  If you are a current patient and didn't know then you may be overdue for your cleaning!  A panoramic radiograph provides a survey of the teeth, roots, jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and other head and neck structures and is diagnostic for large cavities, chronic abscess, boney lesions of the jaw, supernumary (extra) and impacted teeth and other pathologies and normal variations of anatomy.  A typical panoramic radiograph is shown below.

Depending on the patient, typical guidelines for obtaining a panoramic radiograph for diagnostic purposes average around once every five years.  Most insurers will cover a new panoramic radiograph every five years.  There are several advantages of digital radiography to patients and practitioners as well.  Firstly, the digital format means it is easier to see, adjust and share with patients and specialists.  Secondly, there is less radiation exposure due to the higher sensitivity of the sensor over film.  Thirdly, no more chemicals are required for developing the radiographs - another step towards green dentistry.  Now we have to decide what to do with the darkroom.  For the nerds among you, the machine is a Sirona Orthophos XG3 (pictured below as installed).