OPG or Ceph
OPG provides a wide view x-ray of your jaws and all your teeth. This gives your dentist or orthodontist a clear indication of the positions of all your teeth and their growth. It includes teeth that have yet to erupt or surface. Additionally, the OPG can reveal issues with the jawbone and temporomandibular joint.
What is an OPG?
Your doctor has requested an OPG. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is an OPG?
What is a Lat Ceph?
A Lat Ceph is an image which shows the entire side profile of your head. The image is used to obtain various measurements of your jaw and cheek bone and also to identify the nature of your bite.
Orthodontists generally use Lat Ceph’s to determine the most appropriate treatment in regards to overbite and alignment for braces and plates.
Why you may need an OPG or Lat Ceph?
• To identify tooth decay between teeth or under fillings.
• To identify wisdom teeth.
• To identify bone loss.
• To identify dental injuries.
• To identify abnormalities or impacted teeth.
• To plan Orthodontic alignment.
• To plan treatment needed for surgery such as root canal, difficult tooth removals and dental implants.
How are the procedures performed?
A Lat Ceph uses the same machine. You will be asked to stand straight and bite down on your back teeth. An ear clamp will be gently placed on your ears. The picture is then taken.
How to prepare for your examination
How do I make an appointment?
How do I get the results?
A copy of your results will be sent to your dentist or doctor within 24 hours. An appointment will need to be made by you with your dentist or doctor to receive your results.
This examination uses X-rays therefore you will need to inform the radiographer performing the exam if you are pregnant or there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.