Dr. Christopher Emuedue maintains a high-tech office at Greenville Family Dentistry. Among his most important diagnostic tools, and the one likely to make the biggest impression on patients, is the Panorex imaging machine. This instrument is used to take digital x-rays what show a 360⁰ view of a patient’s jaws.
As with traditional photo x-rays, patients are advised to wear leather aprons and remove metal objects. However, the imaging process only takes about twenty seconds and the patients don’t need to hold photographic film in their mouths. The will still have to bite on a bite blocker to keep their jaws aligned and place their chins on a ledge, but the process is far more comfortable than the old-fashioned way.
The resulting digital image can be used with dental software for purposes such as predicting tooth migration. But it is also advantageous for providing much more detail about the current state of a patient’s mouth. Besides monitoring the eruption of canines and wisdom teeth, x-ray images can be used to detect infected tooth roots, supervise the integration of implants into bone, and generally ensure that the bone tissue in a patient’s mouth and jaw is in working order.
Dr. Christopher Emuedue operates Greenville Family Dentistry at 7215 I-30, Suite B, Greenville, Texas, 75402. To schedule an appointment, call 903-455-6701 or visit GreenvilleFamilyDentistryTX.com and fill out a contact sheet.