An Orthopantomogram or an OPG, is a digital dental scan that gives a panoramic view of the upper and lower jaws and teeth using x-rays. Usually requested by a dentist.

These are special x-rays of the lower face, teeth and jaws. An OPG provides a panoramic view of the mouth, teeth and bones of the upper and lower jaws. The Lat Ceph results in a lateral or sideways view of the face.

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A Lateral Cephalogram or a Lat Ceph, is another digital dental scan that is also performed on the OPG machine. This scan provides a lateral (side) view of the skull. This type of scan is predominantly used for orthodontic planning but may be used to check other things such as how your teeth bite together.

Dental Scans require you to stand upright in a stationary position, lightly biting a sterile mouthpiece to steady your head and eliminate any movement for the duration. The dental scan usually takes 10 seconds to complete.

OPG (Orthopantomogram) is a digital dental scan that gives a panoramic view of the upper and lower jaws and teeth using x-rays.

An OPG is predominantly used for orthodontic planning but may be used to check other things such as how your teeth bite together. This type of scan allows your dentist to see the number, position and growth of all the teeth.

Mainly used for orthodontic planning, OPGs are an amazing diagnostic tool to monitor and diagnose irregular teeth, fractures, infections and tumours.

OPG is a safe procedure that usually takes around 10 seconds to complete. The examination uses low dose x-rays which are not harmful to your health.

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