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What Is A Cephalometric X-ray?

Cephalometric X-ray

You’re most likely familiar with X-rays, but have you already heard of cephalometric x-rays? A cephalometric or CEPH x-ray is a valuable tool here in our practice at Image Dental.

cephalometric xray machine

If you’re planning on getting orthodontic treatment, your dentist may also recommend getting a CEPH X-ray.

In this post, we talk about CEPH X-rays - what they’re for, how they work, and how they help you and your dentist.

What’s a cephalometric x-ray?

A cephalometric x-ray captures a side view image of your head. It shows your teeth, jawbone, and surrounding structures. It’s an extraoral procedure as it doesn’t involve inserting a film into the amount. It also doesn’t require you to bite down on any device.

Like other forms of x rays, the image appears on film as black, white, and gray. This is due to the bone and tissue that block the x ray’s path.

The image is then explained by a specially-trained professional and is used by your dental team to understand your condition better and plan your orthodontic treatment.

How are CEPH x rays taken?

Your x-ray technician positions your head between the mechanical rotating arm and the film holder. Once you’re all set, the arm rotates around your head to capture images of your face.

It’s important to position the body properly as this can affect the clarity of the image results.

The exposure is completed within seconds while developing the film can be done in less than 10 minutes. Images can be magnified to better show any signs of issue.

Your dentist then examines the X-ray to check the location and position of your jaw and surrounding structure, and how orthodontic treatment can affect them. This serves as their guide in recommending the next course of action for your oral health concerns.

CEPH Xrays may be used for the following:

  • Planning orthodontic treatments.
  • Getting exact teeth measurements, including their roots.
  • Looking into the position of the jaw and how it's connected to the cheekbone.
  • Evaluating teeth alignment or bad bite issues and their possible causes.
  • Identifying the presence of injuries or fractures to the teeth and related structures.
  • Assessing the mouth for temporomandibular joint or TMJ issues.
  • Diagnosing sleep apnea or airway-related problems.

Are CEPH X-rays safe?

It’s natural to feel a bit uneasy when you hear the word radiation.

But there’s no need to worry as dental x-rays are safe. The amount of radiation required is very low, which also means that the risk of any potentially harmful effects is very little too.

We also recommend getting dental x-rays only when it’s necessary.

Taking CEPH X-rays is quick, easy, and painless, and offers numerous benefits for both you and your dentist.

Getting Dental X Rays in Red Deer, AB

To learn more about cephalometric imaging and whether you need one, please contact us at (403) 342-5800. We’re happy to show you how this dental tool works.

Our dental office is located in Red Deer, AB and we’re open 7 days a week.


Monday - Thursday8:00am - 8:00pmFriday, Saturday8:00am - 4:00pmSunday9:00am - 4:00pm

Weekend appointments will be available as soon as possible.

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69 Dunlop Street, Suite 15,
Red Deer, AB T4R 2H6
(403) 342-5800

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69 Dunlop Street, Suite 15, Red Deer, AB T4R 2H6
(403) 342-5800


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