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Santa Maria Pediatric 3D Dental X-Rays

Precise diagnosis without the radiation

Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services

General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment

Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff

Pediatric special needs dentist in Santa Maria accepting Denti-Cal

Get early prevention for lifelong smiles

Keeping your kid’s teeth healthy is all about finding problems early. That’s why, at Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we use the latest pediatric 3D dental x-ray tech. Our Santa Maria pediatric dental x-rays let us discover issues early on by unveiling oral details that escape the naked eye.

Beyond health benefits, this proactive approach can also translate into long-term savings. Pinpointing issues allows for timely intervention, preventing their escalation into larger problems and averting the need for more extensive procedures in the future.

Benefits of digital x-rays over traditional x-rays

Digital x-rays offer several benefits over traditional film-based x-rays in the field of medical and dental imaging. Here are some key advantages:

    • Lower Radiation Exposure: Safer for patients, especially for those requiring frequent x-rays.
    • Enhanced Diagnostics: Digital images can be optimized for better visibility and detail, aiding accurate diagnoses.
    • Instant Results: View images immediately on a computer screen, facilitating real-time discussions with patients.
    • Environmentally Friendly: No chemical processing, reducing the environmental impact compared to traditional x-rays.

Did you know: Denti-Cal and most dental insurances cover 100% of most pediatric dentistry treatments? Contact us to learn more about your specific coverage.

Hear from our patients


A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!

– Jasmine V.

How often should my kid have digital x-rays taken?

While not all dental visits need x-rays, we recommend patients undergo x-rays every 12–18 months. Wondering why? Regular x-rays help us monitor changes in the tooth structure, guaranteeing top-notch dental care.

We suggest more frequent x-rays if:

  • There’s a history of cavities or gum disease
  • Your kid’s permanent teeth are still adjusting
  • Verification is required to ensure sufficient space for your kid’s wisdom teeth
  • Braces or clear aligners are being considered


Pediatric 3D dental x-rays FAQs

What information do pediatric 3D x-rays provide?

These x-rays offer detailed information about tooth development, jaw alignment, and the presence of any abnormalities or dental conditions.

Do pediatric 3d x-rays replace traditional x-rays?

While Pediatric 3D x-rays offer detailed imaging, we may still use traditional x-rays for certain purposes. The choice depends on the specific diagnostic requirements.

Can parents be present during the x-ray procedure?

In most cases, parents can be present to provide comfort and support to their child during the x-ray procedure.

How long does a pediatric 3D x-ray procedure take?

The procedure typically takes a few minutes, and we’ll position the child as needed. It’s a quick and non-invasive process.

More questions?

Call (805) 922-9626 to ask your dentist specific questions about digital x-rays during your child’s dental appointment to address any concerns you may have.

Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted

We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.

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No insurance? We’ve got you covered.

We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.

Our in-house discount plan includes:


  • 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
  • Discounts on any needed treatment

All Families Welcome

At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.

We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including cavity treatments.

You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.

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Our Office

1414 S Miller St Suite J
Santa Maria, CA 93454

Get Directions

Call (805) 922-9626


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm

Friday: 8am - 12pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Now Welcoming New Patients