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Dr. Susan Fredericks, D.D.S

Dentist

Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S is a top Dentist in Woodland Hills, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As an expert in their field, Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Woodland Hills, CA, Dr. Susan Fredericks D.D.S is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of dental care

April 2020 Update
We have implemented new strategies in our office to protect our patients and staff. We have purchased an air purifier to decontaminate the air. We are also in the process of installing a new higher speed air vacuum to contain the aerosol. We will be receiving forehead thermometers to take temperature of all patients when they come in. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND TO PROTECT YOU!
When I entered the field of dentistry and established my own practice, HIV infections were coming to the forefront. At this time, in the mid 80's and into the 90's, there was no treatment for HIV. Basically, you got it and you died sometime later. During this, and forward to today, I have always told my staff, Treat everyone like they are HIV positive and have hepatitis too!! We are fanatic about hygiene. I would feel very comfortable sitting in one of my chairs and using my equipment on me.
40 years Experience
Dr. Susan Fredericks, D.D.S
  • Woodland Hills, CA
  • UCLA School of Dentistry
  • Accepting new patients

Are ceramic fillings worth it?

It depends on the cost. Tooth colored fillings are far less expensive than ceramic lab fabricated restorations and often not worth the additional cost. Ask for a comparison of READ MORE
It depends on the cost. Tooth colored fillings are far less expensive than ceramic lab fabricated restorations and often not worth the additional cost. Ask for a comparison of filling vs. lab ceramics.

Do gums reattach after deep cleanings?

Gums do not reattach after deep cleanings. They will tighten up and look healthier and pinker, but once attachment is lost, it does not come back.

What happens if you get a cavity under a filling?

Yes, getting a cavity under an existing filling is common. The old restoration is removed and the new decay and a new one is placed. Fillings are never as good as your original READ MORE
Yes, getting a cavity under an existing filling is common. The old restoration is removed and the new decay and a new one is placed. Fillings are never as good as your original tooth structure. They wear out and have to be replaced.

Do adults need dental sealants?

Though this is not often the case, I have placed sealants in adults

Can baking soda damage your teeth?

No Baking soda is an old time but still often used product to brush teeth with.

Can an orthodontist provide Invisalign?

Absolutely!! Almost all orthodontists have incorporated clear aligner technology into their practices. It works well!

What happens if your gums recede too much?

If your gums recede too severely (and obviously this is age dependent), you can undergo a procedure to raise up the tissue to its former position. This is called gum grafting. READ MORE
If your gums recede too severely (and obviously this is age dependent), you can undergo a procedure to raise up the tissue to its former position. This is called gum grafting. If severe recession and if not too bad, can have pinhole technique done, which is less invasive. You can check out both of these on the internet.

Can I have a filling without anesthesia?

If a filling is small and the decay not deep, it is often possible to do a filling without anesthesia. However, if decay deep, it would be uncomfortable to do so

Do fillings make teeth weaker?

Yes. When you have decay, you drill away part of the tooth and replace with filling material. The origin, intact tooth is stronger. Fillings do weaken a tooth, depending on the READ MORE
Yes. When you have decay, you drill away part of the tooth and replace with filling material. The origin, intact tooth is stronger. Fillings do weaken a tooth, depending on the size and location of decay.

Do dentures change your bite?

If you have no teeth of your our, yes a denture can change the bite, to what you had when you still had teeth. Often, patients with only a few teeth left have a collapsed bite READ MORE
If you have no teeth of your our, yes a denture can change the bite, to what you had when you still had teeth. Often, patients with only a few teeth left have a collapsed bite and are overclosed. A dentist can correct this with a denture, that as we say, opens the bite, and restores you to where your bite may have been when you had teeth

What should I avoid with porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers can chip, just like your original teeth. I tell my patients, to not use your teeth as tools, such as trying to open things with your teeth, (bags, containers READ MORE
Porcelain veneers can chip, just like your original teeth. I tell my patients, to not use your teeth as tools, such as trying to open things with your teeth, (bags, containers or biting on paperclip, Etc). I would also suggest not biting/tearing into bagels, taffy, and pulling the food forward. This could pop veneer off teeth. Basically, with common sense, the veneers should last many years.

Can you chew gum with porcelain veneers?

Yes, this should be no problem

Can I brush my teeth after dental implants?

Ok this question has two parts. The day or few days following implant placement, you have to be very careful of the surgical site or sites. You do not want to brush these areas READ MORE
Ok this question has two parts. The day or few days following implant placement, you have to be very careful of the surgical site or sites. You do not want to brush these areas and will be put on a antibacterial rinse.
Once the implants and healed and restored, by all means you will be brushing and flossing these areas. You will treat them like your own teeth!

How do you get rid of gum pain from wisdom teeth?

At age 32, your wisdom teeth are no longer erupting into place. Therefore, there are two usual reasons for pain. One would be the tooth has never erupted into place fully and may READ MORE
At age 32, your wisdom teeth are no longer erupting into place. Therefore, there are two usual reasons for pain. One would be the tooth has never erupted into place fully and may be impacted, either by tissue or bone. Second, there is some infection and gum disease around this tooth. Your best course is to see a dentist and have the tooth evaluated for possible removal or addressing the infection. In the meanwhile, warm salt rinses may help, or rinsing with hydrogen peroxide.

What do all on 4 feel like?

All on 4s may look like normal teeth, but they are quite different. Teeth are held in by ligaments and nerves. Implants support the denture and have no nerves. Therefore, it takes READ MORE
All on 4s may look like normal teeth, but they are quite different. Teeth are held in by ligaments and nerves. Implants support the denture and have no nerves. Therefore, it takes some chewing and functioning on the all on 4 to get to normal chewing and functioning. This happens due to muscle memory. Most people need a short transition period.

Do you need antibiotics after a deep cleaning?

If you have current infection going on during the deep cleaning, you may be prescibed antibiotics or a rinse like peridex to help deal with this. The majority of the time antibiotic READ MORE
If you have current infection going on during the deep cleaning, you may be prescibed antibiotics or a rinse like peridex to help deal with this. The majority of the time antibiotic pills are not given

What does an abscess tooth look like?

An abscessed tooth can present in a number of ways. Most people believe it will result in a large swollen area and be immediately recognizable. However this is often not the case. READ MORE
An abscessed tooth can present in a number of ways. Most people believe it will result in a large swollen area and be immediately recognizable. However this is often not the case. Sometimes a tooth can die and it abscesses at the end of the root. It then forms a small encapsulated infection. Often this is not found until xray reveal its presence. And often it has no or minimal pain. The other case is that an abscessed tooth can form a small pimple like drainage hole where pus comes out. Patients will often says that has been there awhile and when I press on it, pus comes out. So presentation can be very different !!!

What is the most difficult tooth to extract?

in a broad overview, a bony, impacted wisdom tooth would be the most difficult. However, a tooth that has the end of the root very close to the sinus area or near a nerve can READ MORE
in a broad overview, a bony, impacted wisdom tooth would be the most difficult. However, a tooth that has the end of the root very close to the sinus area or near a nerve can be very difficult in that the chance of piercing the sinus or doing damage to a nerve is very real possibility. There is no one tooth or situation that answers this.

Does getting dentures hurt?

Getting dentures does not hurt. But wearing a piece of hard plastic that rests on soft delicate gum tissue is where pain comes in often. However this can be eliminated by the READ MORE
Getting dentures does not hurt. But wearing a piece of hard plastic that rests on soft delicate gum tissue is where pain comes in often. However this can be eliminated by the placement of several implants to support the denture and greatly reduces the pain and discomfort factor

Should I squeeze pus out of my gum abscess?

Yes, you can do that, but more pus will form and refill. You are only draining the problem short term. To eliminate the problem, you will need to see a dentist and resolve what READ MORE
Yes, you can do that, but more pus will form and refill. You are only draining the problem short term. To eliminate the problem, you will need to see a dentist and resolve what is causing that pus!