Dental X-ray (OPG)

X rays are at the centre of great technology when it comes to our health. Dental x rays in particular allow your dentist to diagnose and manage a wide range of tooth related health issues. Without dental x rays, your dentist would be unable to see hidden decay between teeth, impacted teeth deep in your jaw or any bone loss. Dental x rays also provide a great health record for your teeth that your dentist can use to refer back to.

Cranebrook Dental uses the most up to date technology to x ray our patients. Should you need a quality dental x ray, contact us today to make an appointment.

What Is A Dental OPG

A dental x ray, also known as an OPG (Orthopantomagram) is a panoramic or ‘wide-view’ x ray of your jaw and teeth from ear to ear. OPG’s and other dental x ray technology uses a minimal and safe amount of radiation to capture the xray.

An OPG allows your dentist to see all your teeth in the upper and lower jaw on a single film. The number, position and growth of your teeth (including those not yet erupted) are all visible on an OPG.

Things your dentist can see on a Dental x ray include:

What Happens During a Dental X Ray

There are a few types of dental x ray with the process used differing depending on which one your dentist recommends.
Your dentist may take an x ray as part of your general check-up – particularly if it is your first visit or as part of diagnosis and treatment planning.


During an OPG x ray, you will be asked to stand or sit in front of the x ray machine and to place your chin in a plastic rest. You are then given a small, disposable plastic mouthpiece to bite down on while the machine rotates around your head and captures the image.

Bitewing X Ray

Bitewing x rays show only one section of the mouth at a time, during a bitewing xray, you will remain in the dentist chair. Your dentist will have you bite down on a small plate of x ray film and a small x ray unit will be focused on the outer cheek area before the image is captured with a simple click. The image is then developed and read by your dentist.

Digital X Ray

Digital x ray is similar to a bitewing x ray in that you will be asked to bite down on a small plate or have a digital probe positioned in your mouth. The plate, however, is a digital imaging plate. This means that the images are captured and transmitted directly to your dentist’s system for review. Dental x rays are quick, painless and safe.

Get Your Dental X Rays At Cranebrook Dental

At Cranebrook Dental we not only offer the best digital x ray technology to our patients, but a range of other services. Our practice takes great care with every patient to ensure treatment is stress and pain-free. Call us today to book an examination with one of our friendly dentists.

Don’t Live In Cranebrook? We Also Welcome Patients From the Following Surrounding Areas

Our care for our patients extends beyond our immediate area, this is why our Cranebrook dental practice also offers general dentistry and related dental services to other nearby areas such as: