Greg Friedman DMD
Call (858) 547-0070 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Suite K
San Diego, CA 92131

March 26, 2015

Dental Reconstruction-MOD Squad Dental

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Shoes are Different Sizes for a Reason…..Update

We saw this gem of a patient again today.  We could not wait until the end of her dental journey to post some pictures of her treatment…above is her before treatment photo along with her temporary restorations on the upper 10 teeth.  She will be seeing our oral surgeon for placement of 3 implants and then back to Dr. Friedman to place all of her final porcelain restorations.

If you read the beginning of her story, you are aware that this patient was told she needed to have all of her teeth extracted (23 teeth), and dentures placed because of severe decay and bone loss.  Her daughter encouraged her to see Dr. Friedman for a second opinion.  To make an almost sad story, happy, Dr. Friedman only recommended 3 teeth be extracted and replaced with 3 dental implants, upper and lower porcelain restorations consisting of porcelain crowns and veneers.

As you can clearly see from this beautiful smile, she is over the moon with her results so far and look forward to the end of these procedures and enjoying the quality of life she so deserves.

If you are interested in this or any cosmetic dental procedure and would like an educated opinion of your options, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to reserve an appointment.

Save a Tooth with Root Canal in San Diego, CA

480377293Although the thought of having root canal therapy may not be pleasant, the truth of the matter is having a root canal isn’t bad. In fact, if you’re having one of the most common symptoms of an infected tooth—pain—then a root canal can be a welcome relief. And with modern anesthesia and dental technologies, you won’t feel any pain during a procedure designed to leave you pain-free. Dr. Greg Friedman and his staff at MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, are well-practiced in performing gentle root canal therapy so you can save your tooth and your smile.

To understand what a root canal is, let’s first examine the structure of a tooth. The outer layer is called enamel and is the hard, protective shell of each tooth. Next is the dentin, a softer and more sensitive layer. At the core of each tooth is the dental pulp, or soft pulp, where there are nerve and lymph tissues as well as blood vessels. If this soft pulp becomes infected because of severe decay or traumatic injury, then the tooth begins to die. Aside from pain, the symptoms of an infected tooth include a newly discolored tooth, gum and facial swelling, and obvious signs of infection on an x-ray.

Root Canal Therapy at MOD Squad Dental

When you come to MOD Squad Dental for root canal therapy, Dr. Friedman will first make sure you are completely comfortable. There’s no need to be nervous, but if you are, please don’t hesitate to ask about sedation dentistry. The procedure begins with Dr. Friedman accessing the tooth’s dental pulp and removing all signs of infection and any accompanying debris from the pulp chamber as well as the associated root canals. This space is then filled with a biocompatible anti-bacterial material and the tooth is sealed. Dr. Friedman will likely want to protect the tooth with a crown, which will be permanently placed a few weeks after your root canal. In the meantime, you’ll wear a temporary crown.

Call Our Office Today

If you suspect that you might have a tooth in need of root canal therapy, then call the office of MOD Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients from the surrounding communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

March 23, 2015

Worth a Second Opinion-MOD Squad Dental

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We were thrilled to work on this little gem last week. Revisit our blog later in the week for her after photos.
More importantly, this patient and daughter wanted me to share her story so others can learn from her almost huge mistake. This patient visited her regular dentist of many years and was told that she needed the latest dental treatment often referred to as “All on Four”. This procedure involves extracting all existing teeth including roots and placing 4 implants on the upper arch and 4 implants on the lower arch with both an upper and lower snap on denture. As she sat there in tears contemplating how she was going to refinance her home to be able to afford the 40,000 quoted of “needed” treatment, she phoned her daughter with the news.
Her daughter, our existing patient, recommended seeing Dr. Friedman for a second opinion.
As you may guess, after reviewing her xrays, Dr. Friedman did recommend some extractions for decay. But Dr. Friedman recommended 3 extractions vs. the 23 she was previously quoted, some porcelain restorations consisting of crowns and veneers but most importantly….she was keeping 20 of her original teeth giving her the best quality of life.
The entire office was moved by her procedure and we can not wait to share the remaining of her dental journey with MOD Squad and Dr. Friedman.

If you or someone you may know is about to invest in dental treatment and would like a complimentary second opinion, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to reserve an appointment.

March 12, 2015

Smile Pretty with Porcelain Veneers from MOD Squad Dental

159289454Smile! You’re on candid camera! Ok, well not really, but if you were, would you smile for the camera or would you try to hide your smile? If you’re one of those smile hiders, then it’s time to do something about that so you can smile with confidence. Porcelain veneers conceal the smile you don’t want to show and reveal a new smile that you wouldn’t think of hiding. Dr. Greg Friedman and his team at MOD Squad Dental have created beautiful smiles for many people in and around San Diego, CA, and they can do the same for you.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are made of micro-thin layers of dental porcelain or ceramic that are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth in your smile zone. As such, they cover a number of cosmetic smile flaws including teeth that are chipped or slightly cracked; stained or discolored teeth that have not responded to teeth whitening; somewhat crooked teeth; and teeth that have gaps in between them. In addition to covering damaged teeth, veneers also help protect those teeth from further damage.

Porcelain Veneers in San Diego, CA

Once you and Dr. Friedman determine that porcelain veneers are the best cosmetic dentistry option for you, you are on your way to a beautiful new smile. It usually only takes two visits to complete the process of having your veneers placed. At the first appointment, Dr. Friedman will take an impression of your teeth that our dental lab will use to fabricate veneers that are a perfect fit and match for you. Then, he will prep the teeth by removing a minimal amount of enamel, so your veneers will lay flush with the rest of your teeth. After this appointment, you’ll wear temporaries until your permanent veneers are ready. Then, you’ll return to MOD Squad Dental in a few weeks to have your permanent veneers bonded in to place. With your new smile, you’ll be looking for the camera!

Call Our Office Today

If you would like to learn more about how porcelain veneers can refresh your smile, then call MOD Squad Dental today and schedule a consultation. We serve patients in San Diego, CA, as well as the surrounding communities of Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

March 2, 2015

What is Your Smile Saying to Others?

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February 26, 2015

Pain-free Numbing with the Wand® at Mod Squad Dental

177769009From tooth-colored fillings and root canal therapy to crown preparation and porcelain veneers, there are a number of dental procedures that require local anesthesia. There’s just no getting around it—you have to be numb to have that kind of work done. So, that’s the bad news. The good news, however, is that nowadays when the dentist says, “Okay, we’re going to numb you up now,” it doesn’t have to hurt. With the Wand, Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, administers anesthesia effectively and practically painlessly.

The Wand Computer Assisted Anesthesia System allows Dr. Friedman to comfortably inject the minimal amount of anesthesia necessary for a procedure. In this way, the collateral numbness that a patient often feels in the face, tongue and lips can sometimes by eliminated.

Why Does a Shot Hurt?

When you receive any kind of injection, it’s usually not the needle that causes the most pain. Rather, most of the discomfort is due to the pressure and volume of the fluid going into the tissue. The Wand has a microprocessor that automatically compensates for different tissue densities and regulates the delivery of the anesthesia at a level of pressure and volume that’s typically below the threshold of pain.

The computer also provides a flow of anesthetic before the injection. This numbs the site of where the needle will be inserted, so you hardly feel the needle at all. Then, the Wand delivers the anesthetic at a rate of flow that is best for a comfortable injection every time.

Call Our Office Today

Regardless of the kind of dental work you need—restorative or cosmetic—the Wand will make your procedure more comfortable. And not only will you be more comfortable during the appointment, just knowing your treatment will be pain free will decrease any anxiety you may have before you even arrive at our office.  Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. We also serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

February 24, 2015

Only Trust the Best with Your Smile-MOD Squad Dental

Smiles.relationshipsIf you or someone you know is interested in enhancing their smile with cosmetic dentistry, phone Jess today 858-547-0070 to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation where Dr. Friedman will digitally enhance your smile with before and after photos giving you a preview of the many possibilities for a new you.

February 17, 2015

Featured Smile of the Week-Porcelain Veneers

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Featured Smile of the Week…

You may recognize this face as the amazing 3rd baseman that played for the Padres, but to us he is one of our fun loving patients featured this week. His existing smile was worn giving him what appeared to be a reverse smile line. He & Dr. Friedman discussed upper 10 porcelain restorations restoring the length of his teeth and giving him a natural smile. What a great result and smile. Put him in coach!!

If you are someone you know is interested in their possibilities of a smile make-over, give Jess a call today 858-547-0070 to reserve your complimentary cosmetic consultation.

February 12, 2015

For a Natural-looking Smile, Choose Dental Implants from Dr. Greg Friedman

480753457Although there are other options when it comes to tooth replacement—crown and bridge, partial and full dentures—there really isn’t a more natural choice than dental implants. Unlike your other choices, dental implants replace both the root and crown of a missing tooth. What could be more natural? If you have one or more missing teeth, then consider restoring your smile with dental implants from Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA.

Regardless of why you have a missing tooth—severe decay, injury, root canal failure, congenital defect—it’s important to replace that tooth. A missing tooth can cause other oral health problems, including shifting teeth, an improper bite and a greater likelihood of gum disease. Moreover, you may have difficult eating, speaking and smiling freely.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are small posts, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the bone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. They mimic the root portion of natural teeth and also serve as an anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants can also be used to secure a full or partial denture, in which case the implants are strategically positioned along the arch. Over time, the bone fuses with the implant, to create a solid foundation for replacement teeth.

At Mod Squad Dental, the surgical portion of the dental implant procedure is performed by Dr. Tina Beck, a periodontist who works at Mod Squad Dental on Fridays. After a few months when you’ve completely healed from surgery, you’ll return to Mod Squad Dental for Dr. Friedman to secure the crown to the post. When finished, you’ll have a natural looking tooth for a natural-looking smile.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, then call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Friedman. We also serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

January 28, 2015

Shhhh… with Invisalign®, only you and Dr. Friedman will know you have Braces

invisalignIf you’re conscious of your smile because of crooked teeth, but as an adult you don’t want to endure the hassle or the appearance of traditional braces, then Invisalign clear plastic aligners may be the solution for you. As the name implies, Invisalign straightens your teeth almost invisibly. Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, is an Invisalign Certified Provider who won’t tell anyone you have braces!

Invisalign Aligners Made Just for You

The first step of your journey to a smile with straight teeth is meeting with Dr. Friedman to decide if Invisalign is right for your unique circumstances. If the answer is yes, then we’ll take x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth that Invisalign will use to create a 3D image of your mouth. With this, Dr. Friedman will map out a treatment plan that shows how your teeth will gradually move through the process and what your smile will look like upon completion.

This treatment plan is also what the Invisalign lab uses to fabricate your custom-designed aligners, which you’ll wear every day for most of the day. Made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, your aligners are smooth, so they won’t bother your gums and checks the way metal braces can.

Your aligners come in a series of sets for your upper and lower arches. You’ll wear each set for approximately two weeks and then move on to the next set. As you progress through the sets, you’ll see your teeth gradually move into position. Although everyone’s circumstance is different, in most cases the process is completed in about one year. Then, you’ll have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted and you won’t want to keep that a secret!

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, for a consultation. Dr. Friedman and his team conveniently serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.

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10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy Suite K, San Diego, CA 92131 USA
Dr. Greg Freidman Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA combines state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry. (858) 547-0070 smile@modsquaddental.com