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Dental X-ray – Leeming Dental Centre advances with Orthopantomogram (OPG) Scans

Dental x-ray examinations are needed to assess the state of the mouth and teeth and provide the dentist with a precise picture of the status of your oral health that may not be visible to the naked eye. This procedure is the key for the dentist to make an accurate evaluation and ensure that there are no hidden dental problems. It also serves as a guide to further oral remedies depending on the results.

Dental x-rays help detect the following dental issues:

•Occurrence of hypodontia and hyperdontia

•Partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth

•Hidden tooth cavities

•Recurrent decay under fillings

•Tooth and bone loss caused by periodontal disease

•Tooth Abscess

•Broken or dislocated jaw

•Jaw tumours and cysts

What is Orthopantomogram (OPG) X-Ray?

An Orthopantomogram x-ray, also called OPG x-ray, is an advanced type of dental scan that gives a wide-view or panoramic view of the lower face. Unlike periapical and bitewing x-rays, OPG provides a comprehensive overview of the mouth in one image. Moreover, OPG can highlight non-erupted and impacted teeth and features a view of the jawbone and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

How Does an OPG X-Ray Work?

During an OPG x-ray examination, the patient will bite down on a bite blocker to keep the teeth aligned and clear during the scan. The OPG will then rotate around the head to record the mouth. Usually, the process takes roughly 5 minutes which includes the preparation.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Generally, the radiation emitted from dental x-rays is extremely low. Therefore, it is safe for children and adults, excluding pregnant women. Women who are pregnant or think they are pregnant should not have x-rays taken unless necessary. It is essential to talk to your dentist about your condition to avoid such risks.

Advanced OPG x-ray provides precise and high-quality results. Therefore, reducing the number of repeat scans and lowering the patient’s exposure to radiation. As a safety measure, the dentist may ask the patient to wear a protective apron or shield to cover the rest of the body. OPG scans are painless, fast and easy.

Visit your dentist regularly and consult any pain or changes you may experience in your teeth and mouth. Receiving regular dental x-ray examinations is also an essential part of your general dental health. Detecting and treating dental problems before they become severe can save you time, money and likely your life.

Leeming Dental Centre advances its way to the latest dental technology. We offer safe and efficient full-view panoramic x-ray to produce high-quality images. Take your OPG X-ray examinations only at Leeming Dental Centre. You may schedule your consultation online or call (08) 9310 3367.