An orthopantomogram (OPG) is an advanced type of dental X-ray.
It’s used by our dentists to provide a panoramic view of the upper and lower jaw, all of the teeth and the joints between the jaw and skull.
It’s the key diagnostic tool we use in conjunction with a full dental examination and is taken at the patient’s initial appointment to give us a clear picture of your dental status.
You will be asked to remove any jewellery, such as piercings, which would interfere with the X-ray image.
You’ll be asked to stand in front of the OPG machine and to bite on a disposable plastic guide that helps to keep you in the right position as the X-ray is being taken.
Once you are correctly positioned, you’ll be asked to stay still for a moment whilst the nurse exits the room; then the X-ray is taken.
The image is a digital one and appears immediately on the computer screen in your dentist’s room, so that he/she can discuss the X-ray with you.
Should you require a copy of your X-ray, we can email it to you in digital format. The cost of the X-ray is usually included in the initial appointment.