An OPG (Orthopantomogram) and Lat Ceph (Lateral Cephalometric Radiograph) are special X-rays of the lower face, teeth, and jaws.

Our OPG service is available at North Shore Radiology, Lane Cove site.

An OPG is a panoramic or wide view X-ray of the lower face, which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth, including those that have not yet surfaced. It is different from the small, close-up X-rays dentists take of individual teeth. An OPG may also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint connecting the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ. An OPG may be requested to plan orthodontic treatment, assess wisdom teeth, or give a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth.

A Lat Ceph is a lateral or side view X-ray of the face, demonstrating the bones and facial contours in profile on a single film. Lat Ceph X-rays are usually used to diagnose and treat orthodontic problems.

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