To ensure your oral health, X-rays are a routine part of your care. They are important because they offer a way for us to see what we can’t examine with the naked eye – using X-rays, we can view the teeth in their entirety, and also see the jawbone and soft tissues.
Cephalometric X-rays allow us to capture a complete image of the side of the face. We use a panoramic X-ray machine to give us pictures of the entire oral structure. This type of X-ray serves several important purposes for our dentists:
- They provide a view of the profile of the face.
- They show us images of the jaw in relation to the cheekbone.
- They can provide insight into bite issues, known as malocclusions.
- They allow us to identify if there are any injuries or fractures to the teeth or jawbone.
- They can assist us in orthodontic treatment planning.
Having cephalometric X-rays taken is a simple and painless procedure. Your head will rest between a mechanical rotating arm and the film holder. The arm will rotate around your head, capturing images as it moves. When magnified, we can easily spot any signs of decay, disease, or other issues that may be of concern.
Cephalometric X-rays are an important component of orthodontic treatment planning, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We can visualize how orthodontic treatment will impact your teeth and facial profile. But we can also take measurements to create and place dental implants.
X-rays are an important part of your dental care because they help us provide precise and personalized treatment for you and every member of your family. Cephalometric X-rays help us get a better understanding of the relationship between your teeth, jaw and surrounding bone structures. They also help us determine which treatments will be the best for you.
Cephalometric X-rays are one of the many tools we use to provide the most accurate and individualized treatment possible. If you have concerns or questions about the use of X-rays in your dental plan, please don’t hesitate to ask.