single tooth - the objective is to accurately show a tooth and the supporting structures. This type of an X-ray is used in all branches of dentistry. Often taken to detect caries or inflammations in conservative dentistry, it is also indispensable during and after root canal treatment as well as in assessing the degree of implant osseointegration. Single tooth pictures give most information about the state of individual teeth, and are characterized by the highest precision in representing the details.
pantomographic (panoramic X-ray, “panorama”) - it is used to show the state of the patient’s entire dentition (including temporomandibular joints and maxillary sinuses) in a single picture. Although a pantomographic photo is not as accurate as a single tooth picture, it enables a complete assessment of a person’s teeth, which explains its usefulness in the diagnostic process, planning the treatment and examining its results. A pantomographic X-ray is necessary for example before starting orthodontic treatment or extracting impacted teeth. In implantology, it helps estimate the amount of healthy bone and choose the spot to attach an implant to. This type of photo is also very useful in detecting and examining gum diseases, or during a prosthodontic treatment, where it helps plan the work and select appropriate types of prosthetics. Furthermore, this kind of image is required prior to certain surgeries not involving the oral cavity, such as heart operations or transplantations, to rule out any existing inflammation
In our clinic we use one of the most advanced and accurate pantomographic imaging systems currently available.
cephalometric X-ray (commonly known as “ceph”) - this is a picture of the patient’s skull (side view), and it is indispensable in orthodontic diagnostics. A detailed analysis of a ceph allows an orthodontist to assess the spatial relations of the teeth and jaws, as well as other structures in the skull, and is necessary to correctly diagnose malocclusion and plan the treatment. Also, a comparison of pictures taken before and after the treatment helps examine the results.
Having a cephalometric picture taken is completely safe and painless. At Top Medical Clinic we use innovative digital equipment from VATECH Dental Manufacturing and advanced software, which helps reduce the X-ray dose to the minimum necessary while retaining the highest picture quality.