Cephalometric X-rays are completely painless. The patients head rests on the machine while the arm rotates around the head capturing images of the face, mouth and teeth. The images are usually magnified up to 30%, so signs of decay, disease or injury can be seen and treated.
After capturing cephalometric X-rays, Dr. Rowe will be able to see a complete side profile of your child's head. This assists in orthodontic planning, and allow an immediate evaluation of how braces might impact your child's facial profile and teeth. The X-ray is also to determine specific measurements prior to the creation and placement of dental implants.
Cephalometric X-rays serve several important functions:
- Provide views of the side profile of the face.
- Provide views of the jaw in relation to the cheekbone.
- Provide information about “bad bites” or malocclusions.
- Allow measurement of the teeth.
- Identify fractures and other injuries to the teeth and jawbone.
- Assists in orthodontic planning.