21 Apr 2021

What is orthopantomography?

Orthopantomography or panoramic radiography is a radiological examination that allows you to study the teeth and the maxillary and mandibular alveolar bones. This type of radiography allows you to obtain a general and global vision of the whole mouth.

In Nart Dental Clinic we have the latest technology in the world of dental X-rays. Equipment to make: bitewing, apical radiography, CT or 3D radiography, orthopantomography and teleradiography.

When is it necessary?

Orthopantomography is used in Nart Dental Clinic to identify dental malformations such as included teeth, or bone pathology such as cysts and tumors. It also allows us to study the position of wisdom teeth and periodontal disease.

It is true that it is not as accurate in identifying carious lesions. When we are going to make a first visit to a patient it gives us an overview of the patient’s state of health. This test is sometimes complemented with other more specific radiographs in order to make a correct diagnosis.

How to perform an orthopantomography?

Orthopantomography is a very simple radiological test to perform. It does not require any previous preparation by the patient. The only thing that is recommended is to remove all metal objects such as earrings, necklaces, glasses, tongue piercing and removable dentures.

In Nart clinic in Barcelona is a widely used radiography that helps us to understand the dental situation of the patient and guides us to make a correct dental treatment.

It is a non-invasive examination, it does not cause any pain or discomfort.


However, being a radiological technique, it exposes the patient to very low doses of ionizing radiation. Like all radiological examinations, therefore, orthopantomography is contraindicated in pregnant patients.

The collaboration required between patient and operator makes the technique difficult to perform in children under 6 years of age and in all patients with psychiatric disorders or neurological pathologies.

What should the patient do during the X-ray?

Technically the patient is positioned standing in front of the radiographic apparatus and has to bite a plate in order to maintain the correct position and keep the head still.

Duration of the test

The execution time is about 20 seconds and once the examination is over there is no special care to be taken.


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    Dr. Cosimo Galleti

    Dr. Cosimo Galleti is a specialist in Integrated Dentistry from the Universidad degli Studi di Messina (Italy). He has a master's degree in Integrated Dentistry in adults from the UB and is an associate professor at the UIC in the Department of Dentistry.


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