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
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 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.