If you have wondered about cosmetic dentistry or current procedures available for correcting or improving your smile, it is as simple as taking a photograph with Scripps Ranch Dentist, Dr. Greg Friedman. The patient featured in this post was unhappy with her smile & wished for her teeth to be whiter and the spaces to be closed. During her complimentary cosmetic consultation, Dr. Friedman took some digital photos and with his cosmetic imaging software, enhanced her before smile. These imaged photos helped the patient decide on her future smile make-over procedures.
If you or some one you know is interested in a smile make-over, phone Jess today to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation. 858-547-0070
Oh BEHAVE this summer & find time for your routine cleaning!! The summer schedule is filling up, call Mel today to reserve your favorite day/time…858-547-0070
Well Taco Madness Patient Appreciation 2014 was a huge success! Thanks to all of our wonderful patients that attended & BIG welcome to all the new patients that have joined the MOD Squad Dental family. Congratulations to the Wick & Burke family for winning our 2 grand prizes. See you again in 2015 for more fun!!!
Smile make-over utilizing upper 4 porcelain veneers on this doll. She had a reverse smile initially. She whitened her teeth with our in-office Zoom whitening procedure then Dr. Friedman placed upper 4 porcelain veneers. Beautiful!!
Why do I need a “Deep Cleaning”? Can I just get my teeth cleaned?
The question often comes up as to why just a “normal cleaning” cannot be done now and why does a “deep” cleaning even need to be done. The difference between the two types of cleanings is the state of periodontal health, which is the health of the bone and gums that support the teeth. The health of the bone and gums is directly linked to the amount of plaque (soft) and calculus/tartar (hard) that is depositing on your teeth. It is fairly common for most people to develop some calculus (same thing as tartar) between their regular cleaning visits.
The most common place for calculus to develop is the tongue side of the lower front teeth and the cheek side of the upper back teeth. This occurs to various degrees to those who are routine with their dental cleanings, but the longer you go without removal of the deposits the larger the calculus grows. This calculus starts to develop usually right at the gumline. When the deposits are not removed, they start to increase in size and start to move under the gums. This causes an inflammatory response much like when you get a splinter under your skin. This response or localized infection causes the bone to move away from the irritant (calculus). This ultimately causes bone loss and subsequently what we call a periodontal pocket. This is a deep pocket around your tooth that is even more prone to entrapment of food and debri and the bone loss continues……
A normal cleaning is for individuals that have deposits only at or above the gumline. These individuals may have gingivitis due to lack of flossing or improper brushing technique (or other contributing factors such as crowded teeth, poor restorations; crowns & fillings), medications, hormones) but do not have bone loss. A deep cleaning is necessary if calculus is detected under the gumline (subgingival) and there are signs of bone loss. A deep cleaning (or may be referred to as scaling & root planing) removes the deposits that form on the surface of the tooth’s root (upward). Unfortunately once bone is lost it is not readily regenerated in the direction of the crown of the tooth. Our goal is to stop further loss and maintain healthy gingiva free of periodontal pockets (and bleeding). This helps with the health and the stability of the teeth. After the initial deep cleaning, these patients are seen for periodontal maintenance visits which generally occur every 3-4 months due to their risk of developing subgingival calculus once again. Proper brushing (at least twice daily) and daily flossing are a necessity to help fight build up.
Below are radio-graphs taken before and after a deep cleaning. Notice the spike like fingers coming off the teeth. This is calculus below the gum line. The radiograph taken after the deep cleaning reveals smooth, healthy teeth and gums.
If you have any questions about a deep cleaning or think you may need a deep cleaning, phone Jess today for your complimentary consultation. 858-547-0070
The RSVP’s are pouring in for our annual Taco Madness 2014 for patient appreciation hosted by Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental… Space is limited…Great food by Fridas Cocina Food Truck will be serving up some yummy tacos, tons of door prizes, & a grand prize among great friends & good company. Don’t forget to bring a neighbor so they too can experience why MOD Squad Dental is the leading dental practice in Scripps Ranch. RSVP to Jess at email@example.com with name and number attending…
Happiest of birthdays to Mel, our rock star at the front desk!!! Your smile and humor is a pleasure each and every day!!! Can’t wait to celebrate in the Big Easy with everyone!!!!
July 17th 5:00 pm
It’s that time again!!!!
Taco Madness 2014 Celebrating Patient Appreciation…
Bring a Neighbor & Share a Taco…
The best taco truck in town will be serving street tacos & Doc will be mixing up his famous margaritas…
A ton of door prizes will be given away…
For all existing patients that bring in a friend or neighbor that also joins our MOD Squad dental family…both parties will be entered into our drawing for a chance to win a choice of child or adult braces or $4000 toward a smile make-over of 8 or more veneers!!
If you have any questions about dental sealants for your children, please phone Jess today 858-547-0070. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Look at that smile!!! Dr. Greg Friedman & MOD Squad Dental are so thankful to and for our San Diego firefighters for a job well done with the recent wild fires in and around the San Diego county. MOD Squad Dental is offering complimentary dental cleanings along with a set of complimentary whitening trays to any and all firefighters during the month of June.
For details or to schedule an appointment, please phone Jessica 858-547-0070. Again a big thank you to all of our firefighters and service men and women that helped our community.