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
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are incredible! They are very kind and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I love that they were very communicative and explained what they were doing. Misty and Anna were gentle during xrays and my cleaning. I can’t recommend them enough!"- A.C. / Yelp / Jul 30, 2021
"Dr Abraham is amazing! I’m terrified of the dentist and avoid it at all cost. But I finally realized I needed to just get it over with. He was very informative on what steps were going to take place. A dear friend referred me and honestly it was the best experience ever. I’m looking forward to fixing my issues and continuing regular care with Dr Abraham and his team. Thanks to the lovely ladies who made my experience not so frightening."- C.P. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I have been a patient of Life Time Smiles of OC for many many years. Everyone in the office is very nice and friendly. The office is clean and welcoming. I don’t have any problems with my teeth. So I only see them twice a year. Thankyou life time smiles for keeping me smiling"- J.R. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I always have an amazing experience @ lifetime smiles of OC. DR A is phenomenal. The whole staff goes above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Misty took a great care of me and my teeth never felt cleaner and my gum never felt healthier not to mention her amazing wonderful chairside manners. Ana M the super Assisstant that wears so many hats and gets the job done while smiling all the way through. Thank you guys"- C.N. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
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
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.
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.
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.