OPG Scan

OPG (Orthopantomogram) is a type of dental x-ray in which a panoramic view x-ray of the lower face is seen.
It displays all the teeth on a single film.

An orthopantomogram (OPG) is a type of dental x-ray in which a panoramic view x-ray of the lower face is seen. It displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It reveals the number, position, and growth of all the teeth, including those that have not yet surfaced or broken.

OPG is different from the small close up x-rays in which an image is taken of each teeth. An OPG display troubles with the jawbone and the temporomandibular joint or TMJ (the joint that connects the jawbone with head).

An OPG may also be recommended 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.

It is different from the small close up x-rays dentists take of individual teeth. It shows a much broader area of view. The amount of time it takes for you to get your results will differ depending on where you get your scans done.

The medical imaging doctor will look at the images and issue a report. The images may be on films or on a computer.

An OPG can be used to look for:

Wisdom teeth, bone loss, orthodontic assessment, jaw fractures, dental pain, infection or be used as part of a general dental check-up.