Desert Dental Group uses panoramic-cephalometric X-rays to locate problems with your smile and create a treatment plan. This type of X-ray is a fast and non-invasive way for our dentists to examine not only your smile, but also the surrounding tissues and structures of your mouth, face and head.

Panoramic-cephalometric X-rays are a type of extraoral imaging, meaning that nothing is inserted into your mouth. Instead, your X-rays are captured using a film holder mounted on a mechanical arm. This device rotates around your head, capturing images of your entire oral structure, including the nasal and sinus passageways, and producing a much more comprehensive view of your jaw, mouth and head. These images are magnified up to 30%, making it easier for our dentists to diagnose problems and provide you with the most precise and effective treatments possible.

Using a panoramic-cephalometric X-ray, Dr. Brett Barney and Dr. Jonathan Hall can:

  • View the side profile of your face
  • View your jaw in relation to your cheekbone
  • Assess the need for orthodontic treatment and evaluate treatment progress
  • Measure the teeth in preparation for dental implants
  • Diagnose impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth
  • Analyze the development of periodontal disease
  • Evaluate the jaw joint and diagnose TMJ disorders
  • Detect oral cancer
  • Diagnose cavities and other dental problems
  • Evaluate the extent of dental or facial trauma, including fractures and other injuries to the teeth or jawbones
  • Detect abscesses, cysts and tumors
  • Gain information about bad bites

To learn more about panoramic-cephalometric X-rays in Tucson, Arizona, and schedule your consultation with our dentists, contact us today at 520-663-0419.