An OPG which stands for orthopantogram gives a panoramic view of the mandible and teeth.
Reasons for OPG requests
- Caries – appear as different shaped areas of radiolucency in the crowns or necks of teeth.
- Peridontioiditis – when inflammation extends into the underlying alveolar bone and there is a loss of attachment.
Extraction of teeth (eg. wisdom teeth)
- OPG shows angulation, shape of roots, size and shape of crown, effect on other teeth.
- Eg. Developmental, to show size, number, shape and position.
OPGs are used by Dentists to provide information on
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
- Periodontal bone loss.
- Finding the source of dental pain.
- Assessment for the placement of dental implants.
- Orthodontic assessment.
You may be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images. You will be asked to stand with your face resting on a small shelf and to bite gently on a sterile mouth piece to steady your head. It is important to stay very still while the x-ray is taken. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
What to Know About Test Results
Afterward, you may get photos/CD or a copy of a 4D movie to take home. our doctor will inform you if anything seems unusual.