After a clinical evaluation, a requisition is obtained from the referring physician. Based on the patient’s dental evaluation, a specialized modality in dental imaging can be determined.
Many types of examinations are available for the evaluation of:
- Abnormalities of the teeth and jaws;
- Development of dentofacial deformities and the dental and skeletal connection;
- Widespread dental and periodontal problems;
- Pathological conditions;
- Pain (automated treatment messaging), etc.
Acquiring precise diagnosis is one of the many advantages of dental imaging, The available modalities (the more simple one being panorex and the more elaborate ones being CT scan and MRI of the temporomandibular joints) allow a specialized doctor to recommend the best method for therapeutic management.
Among our imaging procedures, you have access to the following:
- Computed tomography (CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporomandibular joints.
Procedure of complete radiography of mouth recommended for seeing the position of the teeth and the condition of the roots. This is usually the first test health professionals may perform due to its low dose of radiation and the technology of allowing clear, clean imaging of the patient’s dentition.
Panorex is considered to produce the least amount of radiation, and it can detect many pathologies. This exam is performed to get a general profile of the patient’s dentition to establish a diagnosis and provide treatment. This examination makes it possible to get a first impression of the entire oral cavity before identifying a necessary intervention.
What happens during a dental Panorex:
In this examination, the radiation is less than the allowed limits. The examination is simple:
- Tilt your head slightly towards the back.
- A wooden tongue depressor is placed to separate the upper teeth from the lower to obtain a clear and accurate picture.
It is an examination of short duration and when finished, printed films will be provided to bring to the referring physician.
No preparation required
To do a Panorex examination, you must:
- Remove your dentures, jewelry and other metal objects
- Inform your physician beforehand if you are pregnant to protect the foetus from the low radiation.
Covered by the RAMQ for children under 9 years of age
Not covered for children over 9 years of age