Dental x-rays and scans are used to look at the teeth and jaw.
They may be used to assess:
- Missing, crowded or abnormal teeth
- Orthodontic treatment
- Temporomandibular joints (TMJs)
Frequently Asked Questions
An orthopantomogram (OPG) and cephalogram are types of digital xrays. They are performed using a special type of xray machine which takes a panoramic picture used to determine the position and relationship between the upper and lower jaw.
A dental CT scan is performed in the same way to a conventional CT scan. Technicians then use post processing techniques to create three dimensional images used by your specialist to assess the teeth and nerves.
As these examinations are focused on the head, all metal items in this area need to be removed. This includes earrings, necklaces, nose and tongue piercings, hair clips and glasses.