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OPG stands for Orthopantomogram. It is a panoramic scanning dental X-ray of the upper and lower jaw. It shows a two-dimensional view of a half-circle from ear to ear.

The most common use is to determine the status of wisdom teeth and trauma to the jaws.

Some of the advantages of OPG are:

  • Broad coverage of facial bones and teeth
  • Low patient radiation dose
  • Convenience of examination for the patient (films need not be placed inside the mouth)
  • Ability to be used in patients in whom the opening is restricted eg trismus 
  • Patient's ready understandability of panaromic films

OPGs are used by Dentists to provide information on:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth- diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Finding the source of dental pain
  • Assessment for the placement of dental implants
  • Caries detection, especially in the inter-dental region
  • Carcinoma in relation to the jaws

The procedure is simple, brief and is painless.There is no special preparation required and there are no after effects.