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.
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
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.
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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.