How Important is a Panoramic X-ray?

A panoramic x-ray is one of the most useful films in orthodontics. It is typically taken between the ages of 7 and 9, when children have both baby teeth and adult teeth. The American Association of Orthodontics as well as the American Dental Association recommend a panoramic x-ray be taken as part of an orthodontic screening to check for extra or missing teeth, tooth eruption problems, root resorption, cysts or any other anomalies that might have gone undetected with a routine dentist series of x-rays. According to the American Dental Association, children should see an orthodontist by age 7.
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