X-Rays and CT Scanning

Our clinic possesses one of the most advanced radiology systems in the world. The KaVo Pan eXam Plus system allows the dentist to obtain radiographs of the jaws in 2D as well as in the 3D in order to have the most accurate information for oral surgeries and implantology. The CliniView™ software allows our specialists to plan any surgeries precisely before they perform them.

There are two main types of dental X-rays: intraoral (the x-ray film is inside the mouth) and extraoral (the x-ray film is outside the mouth).

Intraoral x-rays

Intraoral x-rays are the most common type of dental x-ray taken. These x-rays provide a lot of detail and allow your dentist to find cavities, check the health of the root and bone surrounding the tooth, check the status of developing teeth, and monitor the general health of your teeth and jawbone. Most intraoral x-rays are either Bite-Wings (showing details of the upper part of the tooth, its crown, they help your dentist find any decay and/or initial periodontitis) or periapical (showing the entire tooth, these x-rays are useful for the root examination for example in endodontic diseases and treatments).

Intraoral x-rays help the dentist obtain views of specific teeth. They show the crowns and the roots of 2 or 3 of your teeth and the immediate surrounding bone level. They are used to help detect cavities in between the teeth, bone loss (to evaluate periodontal conditions), and to determine the quality of previous dental restorations (e.g., fillings). They are also used to provide images of the root, cysts, abscesses, etc., that are involved with toothaches. Intraoral x-rays should be performed yearly.

Extraoral x-rays

Extraoral x-rays show teeth, but their main focus is the jaw and skull. These x-rays do not provide the detail found with intraoral x-rays and therefore are not used for detecting cavities or for identifying problems with individual teeth. Instead, extraoral x-rays are used to look for impacted teeth, monitor growth and development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and to identify potential problems between teeth and jaws and the temporomandibular joint. These types of x-rays are very useful in implantology and orthodontics. There are several types of extraoral x-rays that your dentist may take.

Panoramic x-rays show the entire mouth area — all the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws —on a single x-ray. This type of x-ray is useful for detecting the position of fully emerged as well as emerging teeth, can identify impacted teeth, and aid in the diagnosis of tumors.

This x-ray provides a full picture of your whole mouth, providing the dentist with images of your upper and lower jaw, sinuses, and jaw joint. The purpose of a panoramic x-ray is to show the general condition of all the teeth, and is used to help document general tooth development, trauma, jaw joint pain, wisdom teeth, bone loss, and certain abnormalities. This x-ray gives a broad view but does not provide the fine detail that an intraoral x-ray provides.

3D x-rays (CT scans and cone beam technique)

Typical dental x-rays focus only on your teeth. For each x-ray picture, you need one exposure. It would take many exposures to even begin to compare to a single 3D cone beam scan. 3D scan images show much more than simple "flat" x-rays. This new technology provides more complete visual information to study your case from every angle. Best of all, the original scan data can be duplicated anytime to provide different specialists with images if needed later. For complex implant cases, this type of x-ray is the ultimate technology that allows your specialist not only “to have a look” at your specific anatomic conditions, but also to plan in advance a highly precise surgical solution. Cone beam x-rays help reduce the risk of complications, which in turn leads to more predictable and precise outcomes.

Tomograms show a particular layer or "slice" of the mouth, while blurring out all other layers. This type of x-ray is useful for examining structures that are difficult to clearly see — for instance, because other structures are in very close proximity to the structure to be viewed.

Cephalometric projections show the entire side of the head. Orthodontists use this type of x-ray to develop their treatment plans.

Volumetric Tomography KaVo Pan eXam Plus 3D

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Cone beam

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X-Rays results

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Large touchscreen with intuitive user interface ensures a profe- ssional approach from the outset for all imaging modalities.

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The standard adult panoramic imaging program provides an excellent image.

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FOVs in 3D with versatile software cover examinations of wide range of cases.

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The Multilayer Pan function provides five panoramic images with only one scan.

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Small FOV

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