What is meant by Cephalometric X-ray?
This type of x-ray is similar to the panoramic x-ray as it possesses the same ability to image the neck and skull. The difference between both the x-rays is that ceph x-ray uses side-to-side motion whereas panoramic x-ray uses 360 degree rotation.
Why Ceph X-ray?
In brief words, there can be multiple different reasons that make it crucial for you to get the Ceph x-ray. Also known as anatomic exam, the x-ray is used to have a better understanding about teeth alignment and position of jaw. The x-ray is also used when it becomes difficult to decipher the different tooth and jaw injuries from the surface and a more thorough view is needed.
What are the uses of Ceph X-ray?
For a start, the Ceph x-ray can work miraculously in a way that it can image the different development issues that revolve around jaw, head and neck and which are hindering with the natural development of your teeth.
In general, Ceph x-ray is used by specialists for the following purposes:
- Analyze the tooth misalignment
- Diagnose jaw fractures
- Diagnose tooth fractures
- Understand TMJ issues
- Having accurate measurement of teeth for other dental treatments
When it comes to the complex overbite and underbite, Ceph X-rays are exceptionally useful. For teeth alignment, the role of jaw and their position cannot be undermined – which is why Ceph x-ray is important to see the imaging. Orthodontists make use of Ceph x-rays to have an eye on how the orthodontic treatment is working out overall and if the teeth structure is going through any changes over time. The process of Ceph x-ray helps in getting long-term results from any orthodontic treatments.
How Cephalometric X-ray works
Compared to its name, the process is more easy and simple. According to requirements that are given by the dental specialist, the technician positions the head of the patient. The x-ray development can be as long as 6 minutes, whereas the imaging process merely takes 10-15 seconds. Once the final imaging has been completed, technician traces the Ceph to outline the area or areas that seem to be affected or are projected to be affected by the orthodontic treatment.