OPG - when and why is it needed?

OPG is usually taken once a year to monitor the development of the dental situation. Also, OPG is often taken when the orthodontist needs additional diagnostics for treatment or if you need some other dental procedure.

The digital CT of the new generation that we use for 3D imaging of the jaws can radiate up to 5 times less than older generations of CT devices. Thanks to this ultra low dose 3D intelligent algorithm, a more sensitive sensor and more directed radiation, you can perform CT imaging several times a year without risking your health. Comparing them with older analog devices, the radiation doses are significantly lower.

Frequently asked questions

Are there any risks when taking OPG?

Although X-rays involve radiation, the level of radiation is so low that OPG is safe for both children and adults. Today, most dentists take digital x-rays with a lower radiation level.

Your dentist or dental assistant will place a lead “plate” over your chest and abdomen to prevent unnecessary exposure of vital organs to radiation.

Pregnant women should avoid OPG, that is, they should not be exposed to radiation. Be sure to mention your pregnancy to your dentist, who will decide whether OPG can be taken or not, depending on the type of X-ray he uses. Modern OPGs emit minimal dosis of radiation that is safe even for pregnant women.

How much radiation do you get from OPG?

Modern OPG emits as much as five times less radiation than old, analog CT devices, so you don't need to worry about harming your health.

Is OPG safe for children?

Children may need OPG more often than adults so the dentist can monitor the growth of new, permanent teeth. OPG is very useful because it helps the dentist determine if baby teeth need to be extracted to prevent potential complications (such as permanent teeth growing behind the baby teeth).

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