Indication for cephalometric examination
A dentist or orthodontist can refer his patient to cephalometry for the diagnosis of malocclusion, assessment of facial bone growth, or to perform measurements and to establish an individual treatment plan based on them.
In orthodontics, cephalometric images are used to assess bone growth and specialist measurements. Thanks to them, you can make a reliable diagnosis.
Cephalometry is a technique for performing imaging tests, also used in prosthetics and dental surgery. It allows you to document the state of the patient’s dentition before, during and after treatment.
How does the cephalometric test work?
When performing the cephalometric test, the patient does not feel any pain or discomfort. This is a completely painless test that does not interfere with the patient’s mouth. During the examination, the patient undergoes a safe, small dose of X-rays. That is why it can be done even in a child. In the Supradent clinic we use digital equipment in pairs with the appropriate software, which allows us to reduce to an absolute minimum X-ray radiation during cephalometric testing, while maintaining the highest image quality of the captured image.
In the classical technique of taking cephalometric photos, they are created on a photographic film, which is irradiated with X-rays. In digital photographs, in turn, an electronic sensor is used, more sensitive to X-rays, so the radiation dose can be reduced. Digital photos can be edited and improved, so you can get precise measurements and choose the right treatment plan for them.
With this type of photos you do not need to be specially prepared for the examination. The head of the patient is immobilized by the operator of the pantomographic apparatus with the appropriate attachment in the knee steady, consisting of a pair of ear handles that hold the head and a single handle placed on the nasal bridge. The picture is created immediately and if it is a digital photograph, it is placed on a CD or sent to a patient at the indicated e-mail address.