Dental assistant looking at panoramic x-rays in Austin, TexasIn order to provide you with the best dental care, it is essential that our dentist can accurately evaluate and diagnose your oral health. In order to do so, we strive to incorporate dental technology. It can increase the speed and accuracy of diagnoses and treatments, as well as provide less invasive methods of treatment. One of the state-of-the-art tools we use to do that is panoramic x-rays. Understanding how these work helps you understand their usefulness to the team at NW Hills Dental and Orthodontics.

What are Panoramic X-Rays?

Panoramic x-rays are similar to the panorama picture capture mode on your smartphone. They provide a wide view of your teeth. While standard x-rays, called bitewing x-rays, provide us with a view of a few teeth and the supporting bone structure, panoramic x-rays allow us to view the full upper and lower dental arches – including all of the teeth, the upper and lower jawbones, and the surrounding facial structures. Essentially, panoramic x-rays can capture in one shot what it takes conventional x-rays multiple pictures to capture. Using panoramic x-rays, our dentist can:

  • Assess the need for orthodontics and evaluate the progress of treatment
  • Diagnose impacted wisdom teeth and other impacted teeth
  • Analyze the development of periodontal disease
  • Evaluate the TMJ (jaw joint) and diagnose a TMJ disorder
  • Detect oral cancer
  • Plan dental implant placement
  • Diagnose cavities (tooth decay) and other dental problems
  • Evaluate the extent of dental and/or facial trauma
  • Detect abscesses, cysts, and tumors

Using the panoramic x-ray machine is fast and comfortable. The machine simply rotates around your head and provides our dentist with high-definition, nearly instantaneous images that we can use to evaluate your oral health. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about panoramic x-rays.

Dental Treatments for the Whole Family

At NW Hills Dental and Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on being the only dentist your entire family will need. This means that our services cover a broad range of procedures and methodologies. Nothing is worse than having a dentist recommend a procedure that they can not offer you at their office. At NW Hills, everything your teeth could need can be found in our office. Some of the many dental services we can offer include:

These are just a few of the various dental services and options we can supply. No matter what your dental needs, NW Hills can provide the perfect solution. On top of the ideal treatment, we can also incorporate a series of dental technologies that can make the treatment process easier, faster, and less painful. Our dental team loves how we can use these technologies to make treatment both more effective and more straightforward. Discover for yourself the difference that technology, such as our panoramic x-rays, can make in your treatment.

What Dental Procedures Are Panoramic X-Rays Used For?

Dental panoramic x-rays in Austin, Texas, provide our dentist with a panoramic, two-dimensional view of all your dentition. By using panoramic x-rays, Dr. Ronald Cass can increase his visibility of your dental structures from ear-to-ear, thus improving the accuracy of his treatments. When our team has a clearer picture of what they’re looking at, they can provide more focused care. To learn more about our imaging technology at NW Hills Dental and Orthodontics, we invite you to contact our team at 512.866.2022.