What is Dental Imaging?
Dental imaging is the use of X-rays to examine a patient’s jaw, teeth and joints. Dental imaging is an excellent tool for detecting tooth decay, severe gum disease, bone abnormalities and teeth position.
Dental imaging services include:
- OPG (Orthopantomogram)
- Lateral Cephalogram
- Temporomandibular joints
- Cone beam CT.
What is an Orthopantomogram?
An Orthopantomogram, or OPG, is a type of X-ray that looks at the lower face, teeth, jaw joints and maxillary sinuses. An X-ray tube moves in an arc around the jaw, capturing more detailed images than a regular bite-wing X-ray. In an OPG, the teeth are displayed in a long, flat line, allowing us to examine the number of teeth, their position and growth, and any teeth that have not yet surfaced.
What is a Cone Beam CT?
A Cone Beam CT is a type of X-ray that produces three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone is a single scan. This type of imaging is used to plan dental surgery, assess the jaw and teeth, and study the relationship between teeth and nerves.
How long does it take?
Dental Imaging takes between 10 and 15 minutes.
How should I prepare?
There is no specific preparation required for this procedure.
If you’re pregnant or may possibly be pregnant, you should let us know when you make the appointment.
Please bring any recent scans with you for review.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.
What can I expect during Dental Imaging?
You’ll be asked to remove any piercings and metal objects from the neck up.
For X-ray procedures, the radiographer will ask you to stand with your chin positioned on a small ledge attached to the dental X-ray machine. You’ll be asked to place your tongue against the roof of your mouth and remain still as the camera moves around your face. You may be asked to bite on a small plastic mouthpiece to keep your top and bottom teeth separated.
If you’re having a Cone Beam CT scan, you’ll be asked to sit in an exam chair or lie on the scanner bed with your head resting comfortably inside the headrest. The technician will then operate the CT scanner from the adjacent room. You’ll be able to hear and talk with the technician during the examination, but you must not move or change position during the scan.
The scan takes between 20 to 40 seconds. It’s important to stay still when the technician asks you to, as this helps ensure the images are clear.
What will it cost?
A Medicare rebate may apply for these examinations. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment.
When will I get the results?
We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 – 48 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.
What are the potential side effects of Cone Beam CT?
A Cone Beam CT scan is a very low-risk procedure. Cone Beam CT uses less radiation than most other medical CT scans, exposing you briefly to a small targeted amount of radiation that is unlikely to cause any long-term harm. Pregnant women should discuss alternative methods to imaging with their doctor.
- Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
- Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
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Where can I have Dental Imaging?
QDI offers dental imaging services at a number of clinics. Cone Beam CT is available at Caloundra and Mt Ommaney.