Digital X-Rays Overview
Digital x-rays or radiographs are performed as part of a dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your mouth. Digital x-rays make it easier for dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham to diagnose issues that may not be easily visible and provide more information about your oral health by showing the interior of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. There are many dental concerns that may be diagnosed with x-rays, including cavities, decay, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, and tooth impaction. If these issues are identified in the early stages, you may have more treatment options that are less invasive. As part of your dental exam at LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, digital imaging will help Dr. Abraham diagnose and correct dental problems.
Types of X-Rays
- Periapical x-rays: Single radiograph that is taken when treating a specific area
- Bitewing x-rays: Taken to view any interproximal caries on posterior teeth
- Occlusal x-rays: Taken on fully edentulous patients to analyze their remaining bone structure
- Panorex (Panellipse): Taken to see the entire upper and lower arches of the teeth, any impacted wisdom teeth, and TMJ distortions
- Cephalometric x-rays: Typically taken by orthodontists to view the development of the jaw structures in young patients
- Panoramic radiography: Consists of a two-dimensional or a 2-D dental x-ray examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures, and tissues
- Dental Cone Beam CT: X-ray equipment that is used in rare cases when regular dental or facial x-rays are unable to accurately assess a potential dental issue
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"The best dentist in Orange County. I have been visiting this office for years now. The staff are courteous and professional, they know who you are and are happy to see you. They provide excellent care and attention with the newest equipment and techniques. MOST IMPORTANTLY you will not feel a thing when they are working on your teeth. They are incredibly gentle while they work. I recently had a filling and the procedure was over before I even knew it. When I say that I didn’t feel a thing I mean that I did not feel even the slightest pinch, pressure, or discomfort. I was incredibly impressed and can not speak well enough about this office."- A.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
"I have a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while and was absolutely amazed at how great his teeth looked. I asked him who his dentist was and I switched immediately to LifeTime Smiles. I am so glad I did. What a great office atmosphere ontop of Dr. Abraham being a great dentist. I believe he takes great care in the wellbeing of my husband and I and our dental needs. I would HIGHLY recommend LifeTime Smiles of OC."- L.B. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2020
"During the COVID-19 pandemic I had a capped tooth that was previously chipped years ago. The cap on the tooth came off leaving me with half a front tooth and no dentist being open to fix it. Luckily through a family member I was able to find Dr. Abraham and see him in less than 24 hours after I chipped my tooth!! Dr. Abraham went above and beyond to see me and fix my tooth, he even apologized for not being able to see me the same day it happened. His office is also extremely helpful and friendly. Anna at the front desk was very welcoming and accommodating. Also, his assistant Mariah was extremely friendly, personable, and helpful. I now will be going Dr. Abraham for all my dental work and will be referring all my family and friends to him."- A.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
Best Candidates for Digital X-Rays
Typically, digital imaging is included in an annual dental examination. Digital x-rays may be performed for prevention or if you are concerned about a specific problem. Even though digital x-rays emit significantly less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, LifeTime Smiles of OC tries to limit each patient's exposure. Although digital x-rays are generally safe for all patients, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should inform Dr. Abraham at the start of their dental exam so special cautionary steps may be taken.
What to Expect with Digital X-Rays
Generally performed at the start of your appointment, digital imaging takes around 5 – 10 minutes to do. Many patients will get a set of x-rays to show the needed sections. Once they are done, they will be uploaded to be viewed by you and Dr. Abraham throughout your exam. He can show you any issues and talk about possible treatments.
Digital X-Rays Follow-Up
A set of x-rays will usually be done annually at your dental examination. At certain exams, a full-mouth set may be needed for a complete view of your teeth, gums, and oral bones. Additional single x-rays may be taken pre- and post-operatively to monitor your progress with treatment. Your x-rays will be saved with other information at LifeTime Smiles of OC so Dr. Abraham can identify trends and address any growing concerns.
Digital X-Rays Insurance Coverage
Generally, dental insurance plans will cover digital x-ray costs as part of an annual dental examination. Our office can talk to your insurance provider to calculate potential payments. If you have any remaining costs or if you are not using insurance, LifeTime Smiles of OC takes several methods of payment and we can assist you with finding financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Digital imaging is a useful tool that can help to diagnose developing health conditions. As a part of an annual dental examination, digital x-rays can give Dr. Abraham an in-depth understanding that allows him to catch hidden problems to be treated before you feel pain. To improve your oral health, contact our team in Santa Ana, CA to make an appointment for your dental examination with digital imaging.