A panorex is a very impressive piece of imaging machinery that is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray can not. Unlike traditional films a panorex X-ray is not placed within the mouth, instead we utilize a machine that allows for an extra-oral film to capture the needed picture. This type of film is especially adventageous to patients with severe gag reflexes, seeing as nothing is placed within the mouth. Once positioned in front of the machine it will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, sinuses and bone.
This type of film is only taken every few years and allows us to see any potential problems that could develop. The panorex is capable of viewing several issues including specific types of structural issues, growths, or infections.