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Today, 3D imaging offers the field of dentistry previously undreamed-of diagnostic and therapeutic options in the areas of surgery, prosthetics, orthodontics, and restorative dentistry.

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

Dental Disease

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.

Teeth Abnormalities

E.g. Developmental, to show size, number, shape, and position.

Digital OPGs are used by dentists to provide information on:

  • 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.

For more information about digital OPGs in Hoppers Crossing, call us on (03) 9749 1178 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 483 Sayers Road in Hoppers Crossing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are digital OPGs?

Digital OPGs, also called panoramic X-rays, are 2D dental X-ray examinations that capture the entire mouth in one image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures, and tissues.

How does an OPG machine work?

OPG uses X-rays to take the images. These are a type of ionising radiation that is produced by the machine to take images. These X-rays pass through the teeth and jaw in different amounts, depending on the type of tissue that they interact with

How should I prepare?

Digital OPGs requires no special preparation.

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?

A digital OPG exam is painless, fast, and easy to perform. It may be recommended over intraoral X-rays for patients who have a sensitive gag reflex.

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CONTACT INFO

Sayers Dental Aesthetics & Implants

Address: 1/483 Sayers Road, Hoppers Crossing, VIC 3029

Phone: (03) 9749 1178

Email: info@sayersdental.com.au

OPENING HOURS

Mon: Closed

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Thu: Closed

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Sun: Closed

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORT

There is ample free car parking onsite

LOCATION

Sayers Dental Aesthetics & Implants is located in Hoppers Crossing, only a few min away from Thomas Carr College.