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Digital Panoramic x-rays

Panoramic OPG x-rays

Digital Dental Technology

What is an OPG?

An Orthopantomogram (or OPG) is a type of dental x-ray that takes a panoramic view of the upper and lower jaw. Images are taken from multiple angles to create a wide view that includes the jawbone and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), as well as all the teeth on both jaws – even the teeth that have not yet erupted or surfaced from under the jawbone. 

An OPG displays fewer details compared to the individual tooth x-rays but comes up with a more comprehensive view. This is especially beneficial for looking into the areas that are much less visible and/or harder to access, such as the wisdom teeth or children’s teeth and jaw anatomies. 

The images are obtained with the X-ray machine’s rotating arm moving around the patient’s head – there is no discomfort involved since the machine will not be placed inside the mouth. 

OPG X-ray Benefits

Digital Dental Technology

  • Takes a comprehensive view of the teeth, facial bones, and the TMJ
  • Convenient and comfortable image taking
  • Can be used for patients who find it difficult to open the mouth
  • Obtains images in a short period of time
  • Useful for precise treatment planning, such as for an orthodontic treatment
  • Helps in viewing hard to see and/or access areas such as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and unerupted or impacted wisdom teeth