Why do I need a panoramic xray for oral surgery?

Panoramic x-ray for wisdom teeth.
A panoramic x-ray or radiograph is a 2 dimensional image that scans the entire upper and lower jaw.  This allows our doctor to evaluate and diagnose with more accuracy.  This image allows the surgeon to visualize the maxillary sinuses, nerves, and rule out any pathology that might not have been diagnosed.  This image also allows to properly see the position and orientation of the third molars (wisdom teeth) in relationship with surrounding teeth, sinuses, and/or nerves.  There have been numerous times that with a diagnostic panoramic x-ray revealed an pathologic condition that needed immediate treatment.
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