The large panoramic X-ray is recommended to be taken every 5 years. It is taken in a standing position and its cost is not covered by the cleaning exam. It gives an overall ideal of the teeth and facial bones. It allows to see joints, sinuses, the variation of bone level over time, the presence of diseases in the bone, the presence of wisdom teeth, certain caries, certain abscesses, etc. Its biggest limitations are its precision, even if it improves a lot with the technological advancements and the fact that it is in 2D. Given all the information it provides on the bones and the organs of the face, it is mandatory for orthodontic treatments and for several extractions.
The visual clinical examination is not enough to check the condition of your teeth. Digital radiography can detect cavities in areas that are not easily visible to the naked eye, but also other diseases such as abscesses or cysts located under the roots or inside the gums. It shows the shape of the roots, the state of the jaw bone, and in the child, it allows to observe the position of the teeth. Other advantages of using these are: