About Dental Exams
Experts have found a link between oral health and your overall health. Keeping your teeth and gums in top shape is not only good for your smile, it’s good for your heart, cardiovascular system, and major organs. This is why it's important to schedule an annual dental examination at Southern Cal Smiles with board-certified general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks. During your dental exam, Dr. Fredericks will check for signs of disease or decay that may call for improvements to your home dental care routine or professional treatments. Since some dental diseases can manifest without any painful symptoms, Dr. Fredericks regularly uses state-of-the-art equipment like digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to check for problems. Think of Dr. Fredericks and her team at Southern Cal Smiles as a partner and the biggest advocate for the oral and overall health of patients in the Woodland Hills/Calabasas area of Southern California.
"She was super quick and the staff is super friendly."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 05, 2019
"Dr. Fredericks is fantastic--fast, fastidious, and really really good! I am 1000% satisfied and very happy I found her!"- A.B. / Healthgrades / Jan 30, 2019
"I've had a good experience with Dr. Fredericks & staff. How easy it is to book an appointment, the care that is given. The seamless insurance."- B.H. / Healthgrades / Jan 24, 2019
"Dr. Susan and her team went above and beyond the call of duty. I've had the best dental experience of my life! Dr. Susan is an incredible human being, too, in addition to her expertise. She called me at home after my treatment to hear how I was doing, and even sent me a Happy Birthday email. They are so detail-oriented, even down to playing the best background music for the patient's comfort, exceptionally friendly, and very personable. God answered my prayers in finding a great dentist in my area. Patient, Suzanne H."- S.H. / Yelp / Jan 21, 2019
"My experience with Dr. Fredericks has been nothing short of fantastic. I have always been terrified on the dentist and avoided getting the care I needed as a result. Dr. Fredericks is talented and cares about you getting the best possible outcome. I've wanted to cosmetically correct my front teeth for years but never felt comfortable with my dentists plan. I came to see Dr. Fredericks and am thrilled with the work she's done. The office staff is great as is the hygienist. I do not plan on seeing anyone else for my dental care in the future. So glad I found her!"- M.M. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2019
What to Expect
A thorough dental examination will start with a conversation between you and Dr. Fredericks to discuss your current health, including any current medications, illnesses, and surgeries. Dr. Fredericks will also ask if you have noticed any changes in your mouth or if you have any areas of concern. To get a complete picture of your mouth, Dr. Fredericks or a member of her team will begin by taking digital x-rays to see the teeth, gums, and bones. Dr. Fredericks will then perform a visual check of your mouth and then continue the exam with palpation (touch) to check for signs of oral cancer, decay, and disease. Dr. Fredericks may also use probing tools to check the health of the gums by measuring the depth of the gum pockets and looking for areas of inflammation.
If Dr. Fredericks finds any areas of concern during the dental examination, she will talk to you about possible preventative measures that may be performed at the office or at home. Dr. Fredericks will let you know when they should schedule your next dental exam to check on your progress. In some cases, Dr. Fredericks may recommend further testing or refer you to a specialist.
The cost for an annual dental examination varies among practices, but it averages between $100 and $300. The front office will consult with your insurance company prior to your visit since most companies cover this cost up to 100%. If you are paying out of pocket, you may discuss payment options during your consultation.
Plan Your Service
Prevent and Protect
Be sure to schedule and attend your annual dental examination at Southern Cal Smiles so you and Dr. Fredericks can keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy. With regular dental exams, Dr. Fredericks can notice subtle changes that can lead to faster, more effective treatments when problems do arise. A few minutes in the dentist's chair for an annual exam may save you hours of time and discomfort in extensive procedures and recovery.