An Orthopantomogram (OPG) or Dental Panoramic Radiograph (DPR) is a scanning dental X-ray of the upper and lower jaw.
The Orthopantomogram is a simple, rapid, and comfortable examination that can provide useful information on a wide variety of pathological processes with less cost and radiation exposure. Only a single exposure is required, during which the x-ray tube makes a sweep about the patient’s head.
Q. What does it demonstrate ?
It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted.
Q. What are the indications ?
Evaluation of trauma, third molar, extensive pathology.
Evaluation of tooth development especially mixed dentation analysis.
Temporo mandibular joint pathology, dislocation or fractures can be clearly visualized without overlap.
Multiple dental/oral problems caused by tobacco/Pan masala chewing in elders & Chocolates in children are caught by a single X-ray.