Digital x-rays

What are digital x-rays?

The newest, fastest, safest method for x-rays.

Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging where digital sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Used in conjunction with computer software the x-ray images are produced instantly and can be viewed on a computer screen.

Do I need dental x-rays?

X-rays are invaluable in the diagnoses of dental problems. To ensure we are giving you the optimal treatment we recommend that you have dental x-rays taken every 12-18 months. Many people are concerned about their exposure to x-ray radiation. The use of digital x-rays eliminates these worries.

What are the benefits of digital x-rays?

  • Up to 90% less radiation exposure then traditional x-rays
  • No developing time needed
  • Images can be viewed instantly on a computer screen
  • Images can be emailed to you or to other dental specialists if required
  • No chemicals needed for developing the images

If x-rays are required to diagnose treatment your dental practitioner will advise you of this during your consultation. No x-rays will be taken without your consent and will only be taken as necessary and as recommended by the Australian Dental Association.

What is an OPG?

An OPG is a panoramic x-ray of the upper and lower jaws. It shows a two dimensional view of the mouth from ear to ear. The advantages of having an OPG on-site are that our dentists can view the images immediately and provide an accurate diagnosis on the spot. We use the latest digital equipment which has up to 90% less radiation than traditional methods.

How is an OPG taken?

Our trained dentists or dental assistants will position you into place. You will need to bite down on a small plastic spatula so all the teeth can be viewed individually. It takes about 20 seconds for the machine to rotate around the head to capture the image.  

Why would I need an OPG?

OPGs are recommended by the Australian Dental Association as a screening method for pathology and advise that one is taken for every child at around the age of 9 or for every new patient to a practice, and then routinely every
5-7 years. 

An OPG provides valuable information for the following dental concerns:

  • Bone loss associated with periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Dental implant suitability
  • Detection of decay
  • General pathology screening
  • Identifying dental pain and its source
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Orthodontic assessment
  • Presence of adult teeth, extra or missing teeth 
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

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