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The potentialities of this new technique in dental radiography are apparent to all those interested in the dental welfare of the population, especially of the child and adolescent. During the years when the second dentition permanently replaces the temporary deciduous dentition, it is important to observe, control, and, if possible, adjust the eruption of teeth. The latter are essential for the true growth and configuration of the face, for mastication, and for speech. It is in these years that techniques of dental radiography may prove difficult to practice and are most resented by the young patient.
The panoral technique gives us a quick and facile procedure for large-scale surveys of the teeth which will permit early and accurate identification of dental aberrations and disease. Maany of the diseases and deformities which are found in the mouth and jaws of the adult might well have been prevented or adjusted if they had been recognized in early life.
The Panagraph is easy to operate, simple to adjust, and consistent in results. The patient is readily immobilized in a stable position; the intraoral dental films are replaced by one single extraoral film for each jaw; the shortest possible exposure time is employed; and, while achieving a full panoramic view of the jaws and teeth, radiation risks are greatly reduced.
Experiments are in progress to determine the practicability of using the Panagraph for regions outside the mouth. Already promising results are seen in the field of maxillofacial work in otorhinology, and it would seem advantageous to investigate areas which are accessible through either natural or artificial openings.
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