Dental X-ray

Essential tool in dentistry and orthodontic treatment


A Dental Panoramic Radiograph (DPR), also known as an "orthopantogram", is a panoramic scanning dental x-ray of the upper and lower jaw, which displays all the teeth 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 may also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint which connects the jawbone to the head. At our clinic we use advanced digital x-ray equipment to ensure you are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation needed to obtain high quality images.

Please remember to bring any previous dental x-ray to your appointment for comparison


There is no special preparation required for dental x-rays. If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your doctor or radiographer before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
You may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images. You will be asked to stand with your face resting on a small shelf and to bite gently on a sterile mouth piece to steady your head. It is important to stay very still, for a few seconds, while the x-ray is taken. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.