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

The scan can provide information on wisdom teeth, periodontal bone loss, orthodontic assessment, TMJ joint dysfunction, jaw trauma, dental pain, or be used as part of a general dental check-up.

A Lateral Cephalogram or a Lat Ceph, is another 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.

  • Preparation

    A basic x-ray does not require any special preparation. Metal objects such as watches, keys and jewellery may need to be removed.
    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 scan usually takes 10 seconds to complete.