OPG / Dental X-ray

Dental x-rays are essential, diagnostic tools that provide information not visible during a dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden problems and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

What the X-Ray can Reveal?

  • abscesses or cysts
  • bone loss
  • any abnormalities of the joint in TMJ problems
  • decay between the teeth
  • teeth developmental abnormalities
  • poor tooth and root positions
  • problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for a few years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken (check-up).

For extractions, particularly wisdom teeth an OPG (orthopantomogram) is needed to examine the entire jaw. When considering orthodontics an OPG and a lateral cephalogram are also needed.