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An orthopantomogram (OPG) is a scan that gives a panoramic view of your jaw and teeth. The scan can provide information on wisdom teeth, bone loss, orthodontic assessment, jaw trauma, dental pain, or be used as part of a general dental check-up.
X-rays use radiation to take images of bones and other parts inside the body. An OPG is a panoramic X-ray, taking images of the upper and lower jaws, as well as the teeth.
The OPG unit is specially designed to rotate around the patient’s head during the scan. An OPG takes approximately 20 seconds.
Reasons for OPG requests in Hoppers Crossing
Cavities – decay appears as differently shaped areas of radiolucency in the crowns or necks of teeth.
Periodontitis – when inflammation extends into the underlying alveolar bone, and there is a loss of attachment.
Extraction of teeth (e.g. wisdom teeth)
OPG shows angulation, the shape of roots, size and shape of a crown, effect on other teeth.
E.g. Developmental, to show size, number, shape, and position.
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Periodontal bone loss
- The source of dental pain
- Assessment for the placement of dental implants
- Orthodontic assessment
The Digital OPG Image-Taking Process
Remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, and objects that may make the images unclear. Stand with your face resting on a small space and bite gently on a clean mouthpiece to steady your head. Stay very still while the X-ray images are taken. You will feel no discomfort during the procedure.
Benefits of Digital OPG for patients in Hoppers Crossing
- Pain-free, fast and simple
- No radiation remains in your body when the OPG is finished
Digital OPG at Sayers Dental
At Sayers Dental Aesthetics & Implants, we help you achieve the best oral condition you could ever have.
While we’re at it, we will conduct special examinations to help us decide the dental treatments that would suit you best.
We are located at 483 Sayers Road in Hoppers Crossing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are digital OPGs?
How does an OPG machine work?
How should I prepare?
You will wear a lead apron as a safety precaution to protect your body from radiation exposure that may spread from the panoramic X-ray beam. You may also be asked to remove your jewellery from the region being imaged, eyeglasses, and any metal items that might interfere with the X-ray images.
What will I feel during and after the procedure?
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