About Digital X-rays
There's a lot going on behind the surface of your teeth and gums that can affect your overall oral health. At Southern Cal Smiles serving patients in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, and the surrounding areas, digital x-rays help board-certified dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks learn more about what is going on beneath your teeth and gums. They enable her to detect things like abscesses, cysts, bone loss, as well as benign or malignant tumors that cannot be identified during a regular examination. Digital x-rays expose you to significantly less radiation (up to 90%) than traditional x-rays. The digital images are also immediately processed and available to view in our treatment rooms, so Dr. Fredericks and her team can go over the results with you quickly and conveniently during your dental exam. Any areas of concern can be discussed along with treatment options, so your unique plan can be developed and scheduled.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"Can you ever describe your dentist appointment as delightful? Dr. Fredericks explained everything, had wonderful stories, and IT WAS PAINLESS!!! Getting to know Dr Fredericks in the chair makes you want to meet for cocktails and keep the momentum rolling!!!!!"- L.F. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"I've been seeing Dr Fredericks since 2009 and don't intend to ever leave her. Here's why: She has consistently been professional, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and honest. She's explained the complex in a down-to-earth style and empathized with needed emotional and/or financial decisions. She volunteers one day a week at M.E.N.D. to help those in need. She teaches at her alma mater UCLA. Her daughter completed dental school and is studying to be an M.D. in facial ..."- G.G. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"I can't say enough about how wonderful my experiences have been with Dr. Fredericks! Her care, compassion and skill are unmatched!"- A. / Healthgrades / Mar 27, 2019
"Dr. Fredericks has been the best dentist i have gone to in ever. She has made coming here a pleasant experience and instead of not looking forward to the dentist, I'm excited to come in. It is always pleasant time!"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Mar 21, 2019
What to Expect
After your teeth are cleaned and polished, we will take you to the room dedicated to our radiographs. Getting digital x-rays at Southern Cal Smiles is simple and fast. Even our youngest patients know that getting x-rays with us is nothing to worry about during their appointments. The entire x-ray session usually takes about 5 – 10 minutes. Once the needed images are taken, the x-rays are uploaded and can be examined during your appointment in a matter of moments.
Most patients will have a series of digital x-rays taken, including:
- Panoramic view of the entire mouth — all teeth, the jaws, and sinuses
- Periapical views to show the entire length of a tooth
- Bite-wing images of the lower and upper back teeth
- Occlusal view (images of the bite), if needed
We still protect our patients from radiation exposure even though the digital x-ray produces much less radiation than the traditional film x-rays of the past. Our patients are asked to wear a lead apron as an added precaution. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should tell a team member so extra care can be taken. We want to protect all of our patients from radiation exposure, no matter how small.
Many dental insurance plans cover your digital x-rays as a part of preventative dentistry. Keep in mind that digital x-rays at our office vary in price and can range from $25 – $150 for one image, or around $250 and up for a full-mouth series. Our front office can contact your insurance company to determine any out-of-pocket costs.
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The Whole Picture
At your appointment, you deserve to see the whole picture of your oral health. Schedule your appointment today at Southern Cal Smiles and we will provide you with all the information needed to have digital x-rays at your dental examination. Dr. Fredericks can diagnose your dental problems with ease as the image is instantly populated on our computer screen. Digital x-rays can help Dr. Fredericks customize your treatment plan and provide you with the precise care you need to keep your smile gorgeous.