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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
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.
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