What is a Dental X-ray (OPG)?
Dental imaging or Orthopantomogram (OPG), is a diagnostic technique used in dentistry to capture a panoramic or wide-view image of the entire mouth, including the teeth, jaws, and surrounding structures. OPG is a type of dental X-ray that provides a comprehensive view of the upper and lower jaws in a single image.
OPG is commonly used for various dental and orthodontic purposes. It helps dentists and oral health professionals to assess the overall oral health, identify dental issues, plan treatments, and evaluate the position of teeth and their relationship to the jawbone.
What to expect from a Dental X-ray?
During an OPG procedure, the patient typically stands or sits in front of the X-ray machine, and a special panoramic X-ray device rotates around the head. You will need to remove hair accessories, jewellery and glasses. The result is a detailed image capturing the entire oral and maxillofacial region. You will not feel any discomfort and the procedures takes less than 5 minutes.
The benefits of Dental Imaging (OPG):
- Tooth Evaluation: OPG is useful for examining the condition of teeth, including their roots and surrounding bone.
- Orthodontics: Orthodontists use OPGs to assess the alignment of teeth and jaw structures, aiding in treatment planning for braces or other orthodontic interventions.
- Oral Surgery: OPGs are valuable in planning for oral surgeries, such as extractions or implant placement.
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Assessment: OPGs can provide insights into the TMJ and help diagnose issues related to jaw joint function.
- OPGs offer a broader view of the oral and maxillofacial structures compared to traditional intraoral X-rays.
- The procedure is relatively quick and comfortable for the patient.
Dental imaging, including OPG, plays a crucial role in modern dentistry, aiding in diagnosis, treatment planning, and ongoing oral health management. It is an essential tool for dental professionals to provide comprehensive and effective care to their patients.
What do you need to bring to your appointment?
- Your referral form - please note we accept all referral forms from all providers
- Medicare card
- Any prior imaging
After your dental scan, our highly skilled radiologist will analyse the images and interpret the findings. The results will then be promptly transmitted directly to your referring doctor. This streamlined communication ensures that your doctor receives the information as soon as it becomes available.
Your doctor, armed with the insights provided by the radiologist, will then review the results.
Fees and Billing
As a radiology provider deeply committed to serving the community, we strive to facilitate access to essential medical services. In the majority of cases, we bulk bill to Medicare. However please check with the clinic you are attending prior to your appointment.