At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, the accuracy of your diagnosis is very important. We see to it that all patients receive the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging required to make the most accurate diagnosis of your oral and maxillofacial problem by offering multiple options for X-ray and scanning technology. By making an accurate diagnosis, Drs. Funt and Mogyoros can plan the treatment for your condition that ensures optimal correction and recovery.
Dental X-rays are the most commonly taken X-rays in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s office and can detect problems within the mouth that cannot be seen with a standard oral examination from the doctor. Many patients have already undergone a dental X-ray at their dentist’s office before visiting an oral surgeon. Regular checkups involving dental X-rays are the best way for our patients to detect problems in the mouth early to avoid costly and painful procedures down the road. If you have not received a dental X-ray before your initial consultation, we can perform one at our office.
A panoramic X-ray provides the doctor with a wraparound photograph of the patient’s face and teeth and exposes structures such as wisdom teeth, bone loss, and fractures that would not otherwise be seen using traditional X-ray technology. They are also a great alternative to oral examinations for patients who have sensitive gag reflexes. Panoramic X-rays are usually only taken when there is a need for an in-depth look at the sinus and nasal areas, the mandibular nerve, and to evaluate TMJ cases.
A cephalometric X-ray provides doctors with a radiographic image of the side of the face and does not involve the placement of any plates or film in the mouth. Much like full panoramic X-rays, they provide an in-depth view of the nasal and sinus passages and the jaw bone and are very helpful in measuring teeth. These X-rays are typically taken in a panoramic X-ray machine with a special cephalometric film and expose the patient to much less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Our skilled surgical staff and team of doctors will review your condition and perform an oral examination of the mouth to determine which X-ray option is right for you.