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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 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.