many situations where x-rays are necessary for correct
diagnosis and treatment. Reasons for x-rays include
monitoring at check-up, toothache, decay, periodontal
(gum) disease, root canal treatment, wisdom teeth,
extractions and accidents.
As a new
client to iDental surgery you may be required to have
digital x-rays taken by your treating dentist. Please
inform your dentist if you are or may be pregnant at the
An OPG (Orthopantomogram)
is a panoramic x-ray of the mouth. It shows information
about the jaws, mouth, teeth, sinuses and facial bones.
Digital OPG’s are very quick to take and results are
seen almost immediately on the screen.
You will be required to remove all jewellery from your
head and neck region immediately before the OPG is taken
(e.g. Earrings, tongue/lip rings, necklaces, hair clips
intraoral radiographs are very common in dentistry as
they are an invaluble monitoring and diagnostic tool.
They are usually taken at your regular check-up
appointment and to help diagnose dental decay, gum
disease, bone loss, tooth infection, wisdom teeth and
other changes that are not clinically visible.
and extraoral photographs are very important tools. They
allow the treating dentist to discuss with you their
findings and proposed treatment. Pictures also allow you
to see exactly what is in your mouth so that you can
better understand your treatment needs. Images are
projected onto screens.
Images are especially important in cosmetic dentistry.