At Wasatch Gentle Dental, our dentist can use cephalometric X-rays to capture complete radiographic images of the side of your face. This enables us to view your teeth, jawbone, and soft tissue beyond what can be seen with the naked eye. For more information about cephalometric X-rays and to make your appointment with Dr. Andrew Smith, contact our practice at 801-262-6661.
Cephalometric X-rays are extraoral, which means that nothing is inserted into your mouth. Rather, the images are captured by a panoramic X-ray machine that has been adapted for the purpose with a special film holder mounted on a mechanical arm. This allows our dentist to view pictures of the entire oral structure, including the nasal and sinus passageways, and has the added advantage of exposing your body to even less radiation that regular digital X-rays.
Benefits of cephalometric X-rays include:
- A view of the side profile of the face
- Views of the jaw in relation to the cheekbone
- More information about bad bites
- Permits measurement of the teeth in preparation for implant placement
- Easily identifies fractures and other injuries to the teeth and jawbone
- Highly useful in planning orthodontic treatments
When our team takes a cephalometric X-ray, you will place your head between the mechanical rotating arm and film holder. The arm will rotate around your head, and the images produced are magnified up to 30% to provide an easy view of any decay, disease, or injury in your mouth.
We invite you to call us today to learn more about cephalometric X-rays and make your appointment with our dental professionals.