Orthopanomograms (OPG)

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Dental treatment become necessary when there are some infections like tooth decaying, infection in gums, cancerous and non-cancerous infection, cysts etc. The treatments are not just to cure the infection people also go for the surgeries and minor treatments like filling the cavity tooth, scaling, braces, and the abnormal growth of the tooth which can become a problem for later time. In dental field the different and more advance equipment is introduced which has made the work easier for the dentist to deal with the patients. With time and more advancement in technology the dental surgeries became less painful. This technology advancement has made easy for the dentists in Sydney to diagnose the disease and then pre plan the treatment procedures.

The X-ray technology was introduced in the early century which is still now in use but with the passage of time the advancement level has increased. X-rays has made easier for the dentists to diagnose the disease but in previous era the radiations of X-rays were quite strong and now they are low dose radiations. The patients are exposed to low dose radiation which has lessen the chances of the negative effect.

X-rays are mainly used in to take the pictures of the inside parts of the body and the bones. Another technology is introduced which is panoramic X-ray and it helps in taking pictures of the upper and lower area of the jaws and the teeth. It takes lesser time to take the radiographs which is approximately 20 seconds. It involves the scanning procedure which is done by rotating the OPG around the patient’s head. OPG helps in scanning the tooth fractures, if the jaw is dislocated, if there is some kind of infection between the teeth or the jaws. Mainly the OPG helps in planning the surgical treatments.

OPG gives the dentists the more detail view of the X-ray and it is panoramic in nature. It gives the clear view of the teeth of upper and lower area. It shows the number of teeth present and how they are place which is their positions, the growing procedure can be seen and if there is any abnormal growth of the tooth or the wisdom tooth growth is there they give it a treatment. Despite of the X-rays which give the view of just one tooth, the OPG gives the full of the mouth and the overall teeth can be viewed to check if there is any kind of infection or any fracture.  OPG gives the view of the fracture jaw bones and gives a wide view of the joint that is connected to the jawbone. There is a joint that connects with the jawbone and to the head, this can be clearly viewed and this joint is named as temporomandibular joint abbreviated as TMJ. This scanning is necessary for the dentist if the surgical treatment is required, it is also useful for the overall view of the teeth, the wisdom tooth assessment, it also view the bone of the jaws and which gives support to the teeth.