OPG

Panoramic view of your lower face.

An Orthopantomogram (OPG) is a panoramic dental x-ray that produces a 2D view of your lower face, teeth and jaws on a single film.

It is a type of dental x-ray that rotates around your head and only takes 15 to 20 seconds to complete. It demonstrates your lower and upper jawbone, as well as the number, position and growth of teeth, including those not yet surfaced or erupted.

An OPG may be requested for orthodontic planning, assessment of wisdom teeth, examination of the jawbone or for a general overview of your oral health.

What to Expect

Examination

On arrival, you may be asked if you are (or may be) pregnant and to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any other metal objects which may obscure the images. You will then be asked to sit/stand in the CBCT scanner then bite down gently on a sterile mouthpiece to steady your head in preparation of the scan.

The scanner will rotate around your head during the scan, taking multiple images. It is very important to remain as still as possible when the scan is in progress so that the image captured is clear and precise. You should not feel any discomfort during the scan.

Examination Duration

OPG examinations take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Patient Preparation

There is generally no preparation required for an OPG scan. We kindly request you to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time, bringing your referral form, any previous relevant imaging, your Medicare and any healthcare cards.


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