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.
"Doctor was attentive, gentle and communicative."- A.R. / Healthgrades / Mar 11, 2020
"As always, Dr. Fredericks is safe, compassionate and funny. I used to be so afraid of the dentist and now along with the help of her staff the fear is gone. I always have a positive feeling when I leave knowing my dental health is being monitored and well taken care of. I'm grateful for the day I found this dental office."- J.M. / Google / Jun 18, 2020
"Best Service, Cleaning Experience. Safe Guards in Place made me feel comfortable getting my dental work done!They are the Best!"- B.H. / Healthgrades / Jun 15, 2020
"Dr. Susan and her staff are not only professional but friendly and caring. I always leave this office with a smile that is clean, fresh, healthy and looking so much better. My previous experiences with dentists left me with fear and regret but now I look forward (I know strange but true) to coming to this office. The hepa filters, clean environment and PPE is above and beyond what I've seen in other businesses. Thank you to Jackie for making the financial experience less stressful too. Really appreciate this dentist office and all the staff!"- J.M. / Healthgrades / Jun 04, 2020
"Dr Fredericks made me feel safe and secure during my visit and so did the staff. Prior to my visit I received a letter outlining the safety procedures being taken by the Dr and her staff which made me feel secure about scheduling my appointment, and helped me feel well cared for. Overall it was a very good appointment with no worries about safety."- K.M. / Healthgrades / Jun 03, 2020
What to Expect with Dental Examination
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.
Dental Examination Treatment Aftercare
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.
Dental Examination Insurance Coverage
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.