A panorex is a sophistocated piece of imaging technology that it is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal intraoral X-ray cannot. The panorex works entirely outside your head. It rotates around taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, jaws and surrounding structures.
The ability to view an expanded view of the teeth, jaws and surrounding structures is very informative to the dentist. It allows us to see many hidden problems that may be asymptomatic including impacted teeth, cysts, and various other forms of oral pathology. Or it may indicate that everything is just fine!