Brighten Dental are always at the forefront of dental technology, including radiographs – the way we x-ray your mouth.
OPG radiographs use a panoramic or wide view x-ray of the 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 or erupted.
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 which connects the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ.
An OPG may be requested for the planning of orthodontic treatment, for assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth and the bone which supports the teeth.
At Brighten Dental we use the latest digital OPG which is safe and produces minimal radiation
Bite wing radiographs use x-rays to show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth.
Each bite wing shows a tooth from its crown (the exposed surface) to the level of the supporting bone.
Bite wing x-rays detect decay between teeth and changes in the thickness of bone caused by gum disease and can also see any wear or breakdown of dental fillings.
Bite wing x-rays can also help determine the proper fit of a crown (a cap that completely encircles a tooth) or other restorations (eg, bridges).
At Brighten Dental we use the latest digital radiographs and x-ray equipment which is safe, produces minimal radiation and has an exposure time of only 0.14 of a second!