At Dental One there are a few things that make us unique. OPG x rays are one of them
An OPG is a panoramic or wide view x-ray of the lower face, which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film.
It displays the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted.
It is different from the small close up x-rays dentists take of individual teeth. An OPG may also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint which connects the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ.
What also sets Dental one apart from its competitors is the low radiation exposure rates emitted from OPG x-rays – The radiation rates equivalent to a mobile phone call lasting approximately 10 minutes.
60% of all Melbourne based dental clinics use traditional x-rays
OPG x-rays use a digital capture device, meaning the image is available to the dentist almost immediately, rather than waiting for a normal x-ray image to be processed.
These images give the dentist an overall view of the patient’s teeth and are particularly useful for identifying abnormal growths in the jawbone, trauma to the jaw and problems with wisdom teeth.
As OPG x-rays show less detail than bitewing and periapical films, they are often required in addition to the panoramic film.
Panoramic images are often used to provide an overview of developing teeth in children. They help your dentist to decide whether a child needs braces.
Diseases examined by an OPG x-ray
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Oral cysts
- Disease such as inflammation or abscess
- Sinusitis and other facial sinus problems
- Pre wisdom teeth extraction assessment
- Cysts in the jaw bones
- Jaw tumours and oral cancer
- Jaw disorders (also known as temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders)
An OPG x-ray is never anything to be concerned about and the kids can be rest assured it is a quick and easy 3 step process!
- After a peg is inserted into the x-ray machine, the patient will be asked to gently bit down
- If required handles are present for extra support and balance
- The patient is fixed in position and after ensuring the placement is correct the radiographer begins the imaging process of the machine
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At Dental One, our dentists use the latest techniques and materials to ensure your visit is warm, welcoming and beneficial. Simply contact us to make your appointment today.