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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 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.