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February 26, 2015
From 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.
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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
If 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…
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
Although 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
If 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.
January 22, 2015
TMJ Treatment Review
We are completely honored to receive such a great review and thrilled that this patient shared her TMJ treatment story with social media giving other patients with the same or similar TMJ issues hope.
This review is lengthy, but worth the read. I want people to know the life altering work of Dr. Friedman not only on teeth, but on jaw disorders as well.
April 2003 I was in a pedestrian vs vehicle accident. I, the pedestrian, took out the windsheild with the left back part of my head. Ever since then I struggled with severe jaw, face, head and ear pain known as TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). At times it affected my ability to speak, eat and function. I watched my mom go thru two horrendous jaw surgeries and refused to do the same. I came to the decision that I would just live in pain for the rest of my life. It was until I was referred to Dr. Friedman that I realized there are other options besides face peeling, jaw breaking surgery. At age 33 Dr. Friedman diagnosed me with an arthritic left jaw joint and possible old undiagnosed injury to the jaw on top of the TMD.
It was decided that treatment would be splint therapy. He was able to lift my jaw off away from bone on bone creating a space where over time tissue would grow and cushion the joint. With in a month I was already relieved of so much pain. As time passed I noticed my jaw structure looking more symmetrical and normal. I can now eat, smile and live with no pain. Words cannot even begin to express how Dr. Friedman has changed my life.
The office holds high standards of cleanliness, is well organized, personable, and runs like a well oiled machine. Dr. Friedman’s wife, Jessica, is amazing! She explains procedures in my terms so I can fully understand both medical and financial ends before anything is done. His life altering work coupled with the above and beyond customer service of the staff makes MOD Squad the total package. You guys are outstanding and deserve endless stars!! —Cara Duke
January 14, 2015
Is there a little something you’d like to fix about your smile? If the answer is yes, then you should consider cosmetic bonding. Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, practices the artistry of cosmetic bonding to restore smiles throughout southern California.
With cosmetic bonding, Dr. Friedman can repair a number of smile imperfections including:
- Stained or discolored teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth that are slightly misaligned
- Teeth that have a gap in between them
- Worn teeth that make your smile look uneven
What is Cosmetic Bonding?
Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin materials to restore and rebuild damaged or imperfect teeth. With these composite materials, Dr. Friedman can blend colors in order to perfectly match the color of your other teeth. In some case, he may recommend teeth whitening before the bonding process in order to ensure your best smile, and because composite materials are not responsive to teeth whitening gels.
Once you and Dr. Friedman determine that cosmetic bonding is the best option for repairing your smile, you’ll probably only need one appointment for the entire process. First, the dentist will prep for cosmetic bonding by applying a gentle phosphoric acid solution to the surface of the teeth in order to help the bonding material adhere better. Then, he will apply the composite resin layer by layer, shaping, sculpting and hardening each layer with a curing light as it is applied. This process is repeated until the desired appearance is achieved. Finally, the teeth are polished to a natural-looking sheen.
Cosmetic bonding can last for years with proper care. Brush and floss your teeth twice every day as you usually do, and be careful not to bite down on hard objects with teeth that have cosmetic bonding.
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If you would like to schedule an appointment for cosmetic bonding, call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. Dr. Friedman and his staff also serve patients in Scripps Ranch, Poway and Rancho Pensaquitas.
December 28, 2014
Metal dental restorations are a thing of the past. Dental fillings are the most efficient method for restoring a tooth damaged by decay or dental trauma. A quality dental filling can completely replace your tooth’s normal form and function. However, not all fillings are made equal. Many patients are choosing to replace their old metal (amalgam) fillings with new tooth colored fillings. Tooth colored fillings look more natural, and are better for your long term dental and overall health. You can make an appointment with Dr. Friedman today for your new tooth colored filling. MOD Squad Dental is a leading San Diego restorative dentistry. Dr. Friedman is an experienced restorative dentist now proudly serving patients throughout the Scripps Ranch and surrounding San Diego, CA communities.
How Are Tooth Colored Fillings Placed?
Your new tooth colored filling procedure can be completed in just one short visit. Tooth colored fillings are bonded directly to your tooth. This makes them inherently more durable than amalgam fillings. Tooth colored fillings also require less drilling than metal fillings because Dr. Friedman doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling in place.
Why Choose Metal-Free Tooth Colored Fillings?
Metal fillings are made of about 50% mercury. Mercury is used in amalgam to make the metal filling material pliable. However, mercury is a known toxin. There have been many studies recently outlining the potential health risks of mercury dental fillings. These include bloodstream infection and interference with the brain and nervous systems. In addition to these risks, metal fillings:
- Don’t match the color of your teeth
- Require the removal healthy tooth structure
- Corrode and tarnish over time
- Some people may be allergic to mercury or particularly vulnerable to its ill effects
Make an appointment to have your old metal dental fillings replaced by Dr. Friedman today. Dr. Friedman can help you protect your long term health and wellbeing with new tooth colored fillings. MOD Squad Dental proudly restores smiles daily throughout the Scripps Ranch and nearby San Diego, CA areas.
December 23, 2014
Are you struggling to correct stained or yellowed teeth? Tooth discoloration and staining can cause you to hide an otherwise healthy smile. Discoloration can be caused by many different factors including: drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine, or smoking. The aging process also naturally stains and darkens our teeth. But you don’t have to tolerate a diminished smile. You can make an appointment with Dr. Friedman today for a high quality professional teeth whitening treatment. MOD Squad Dental is a trusted San Diego cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Friedman proudly restores smiles daily throughout the Scripps Ranch and surrounding San Diego, CA communities.
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is the only reliable tooth whitening method. Other options just don’t yield consistent results. Teeth whitening toothpastes are guilty of this. They can’t change the color of your enamel; they can only polish away shallow surface stains. Other over-the-counter teeth whitening products including, whitening rinses, strips, trays, and gels are also highly unreliable. Though they contain the bleaching agents necessary to change the color of enamel, they are heavily diluted. Because of this, it can take several weeks of daily use before any significant results are noticed. That’s why Dr. Friedman offers a professional teeth whitening solution with the Kör and Zoom teeth whitening systems.
What Is Kör Teeth Whitening?
The Kör teeth whitening and deep bleaching system works through the absorption of oxygen into your tooth surfaces. The oxygen from the Kör whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stains and discoloration molecules. Unlike most other teeth whitening treatments, Kör is entirely permanent. Kör teeth whitening offers:
- Natural looking results
- Effective on darkened teeth
- Effective on sensitive teeth and gums
- Comfortable and easy to complete
- No dietary restrictions post- treatment
- No need for touch ups
- Effective for ages 14 and up
What Is Zoom Teeth Whitening?
Zoom teeth whitening is a professional bleaching system that effectively lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. Zoom works through a hydrogen peroxide mixture that is broken down, allowing oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin to bleach away staining, but leave natural tooth structure unchanged. Zoom teeth whitening takes less than an hour. Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, works with the Zoom light to quickly penetrate teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. Immediately after treatment, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to your teeth to reduce any discomfort.
Make your next teeth whitening appointment with the cosmetic dentistry experts of MOD Squad Dental. Dr. Friedman and his experienced team consistently deliver high quality teeth whitening results. Dr. Friedman serves patients daily throughout Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA, and the nearby communities.