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.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"she was fantastic, made the process really easy. The whole staff was very professional, and organized. They made me feel safe, and warm."- A.A. / Healthgrades / Dec 31, 2019
"My life has changed so much since I came to see Dr. Fredericks I smile so much. I never felt beautiful because my teeth were so distracting. My personality has also changed because now that I smile more, people smile back at me; it has been contagious. I laugh and enjoy living. I have changed my name to Sandy Beach and I will use that as my pen name as I am writing a book. When people meet me they laugh and smile when I tell them the name. Thank you Susan for giving me my confidence back."- S.B. / Healthgrades / Dec 15, 2019
"100% attention to you as a patient accurate decision making - clear communication - and answer to every question.Love to visit my Dentist Office, great energy and easy welcoming into the space of maybe not the most comfortable moments :)but you won't feel any pain - in any action they may have to take.Thank you to all, and see you soon."- R.F. / Healthgrades / Dec 11, 2019
"I have been a patient of Dr. Susan's for many many years and she has always taken great care of me. However, today she really impressed me when I came in for a tooth that I broke she examined the tooth, gums, and xray. She realized that I what I needed was a better Xray so she referred me to a root canal specialist in the building. He took the Xray and concluded that Susan was right and that I did indeed need a root canal. Susan Fredericks made sure I was seen the same day and that I got the necessary work done. She knows when she can do something and she also knows and is not afraid to admit when a certain procedure is best done by another dentist (specialist); and for that I have great respect and trust for her. Thank You Dr.Fredericks"- C.L. / Healthgrades / Dec 10, 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.
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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.