A panorex, and caphalometric machine, is a very impressive piece of imaging machinery in that it is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray is not. Cephalometric x-rays are extraoral, meaning that no plates or film are inserted inside the mouth. Initially you will sit in a chair with your chin on a small ledge. Once positioned in the machine, it will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses and bones.
The ability to view the full structure of your head as a whole is very informative to the dentist. It will allow us to see any potential problems and make sure that everything is functioning as it should be. The panorex is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections or asymmetry among many others.