An OPG (short for orthopantomograph) is a special type of X-Ray image that offers a panoramic/wide view x-ray of the lower face, displaying all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film.
It gives the dental specialist important and vital information regarding the number, positioning and growth of teeth, inclusive of those that may have not yet surfaced or erupted. It is quit different from the small close up x-rays dentists take of individual teeth.
An OPG is able to also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint which connects the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ. An OPG is usually needed for the planning of orthodontic treatment, for assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth.
Herman Dental Practice is equipped with a state of the art Digital X-Ray System that is OPG capable so you do not need to be refereed to a different X-Ray provider for the procedure, saving you time and money.
Herman Dental’s Digital X-Ray system has many other additional advance capabilities, including the ability to take and display 3D images that can be manipulated by changing the “slicing” plan of the 2D projection, sometimes revealing problems that cannot be detected using a flat, 2D X-Ray image.
Using a digital system has many advantages compared with the old, film based X-Rays, including the instant availability of the image (no need to chemical process the film), easy storing and archiving, lower required doses of radiation and friendlier presentation.
As with other type of X-Ray imaging you will need to remove any jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects (like studs and earrings) that may obscure the images.
For the imaging itself you will be asked to stand with your face resting on a small support and to bite gently on a sterile mouth piece to keep your head steady. It is important to stay very still while the x-ray is taken. There is no discomfort associated with this procedure.