Family Dental of Lincoln utilizes cephalometric x-rays to help us view a complete image of the side of your face. These high-quality images allow our dentists to look not only at your teeth, but at your jaw and soft tissues. Give us a call at 773-561-5106 to learn more about cephalometric x-rays in Chicago, Illinois, and make your appointment with one of our experienced dentists.
Cephalometric x-rays are extraoral radiographs, meaning that they do not use plates or film inside your mouth. Instead, this machine has a special film holder mounted on a mechanical arm, which is used to capture images of your entire head, including the nasal and sinus passages, by rotating around your head. This unique tool allows Dr. Obeid, Dr. Najjar, and Dr. Gomolplitinant a view of your teeth, jaws, and soft tissue beyond what can be seen with visual examination. One of the great advantages of cephalometric x-rays is that they expose your body to less radiation than traditional x-rays.
Cephalometric x-rays are not as common as “full set,” or bitewing, x-rays, but they serve several useful purposes, including:
- Providing views of the side profile of your face
- Providing views of the jaw in relation to the cheekbone
- Providing information about malocclusion, or bad bites
- Allow for measurement of the teeth
- Identifying fractures and other injuries or damage to the teeth and jawbone
- Assisting in orthodontic planning
These x-rays are completely painless, and safe to use.
If you have questions or concerns about cephalometric x-rays, we welcome you to contact our office and speak with a member of our dental team.