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How are Gingivitis & Periodontitis Different?

October 21, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 3:54 pm
A woman with gum disease in Scripps Ranch

If you’ve visited your dentist often enough, you may have heard them use the words “gingivitis” and “periodontitis.” In fact, you might even realize the terms have to do with gum problems. However, there’s a good chance you don’t know their precise meanings. The short answer is that they refer to the two distinct stages of gum disease. If you want the long answer, though, your local dental practice can help. Learn how gingivitis and periodontitis differ as forms of gum disease with a Scripps Ranch dentist.


How Does Alcohol Relate to Gum Disease?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 2:50 pm
A woman holding a bottle of alcohol, something that can lead to gum disease

Gum disease is a fairly common condition, so much so that 1 in 2 U.S. adults will experience it in their lives. It’s no surprise, then, that various things can cause this infection, including poor oral hygiene, genetics, and more. However, did you know even alcohol consumption can be a contributor? Namely, drinking too many beers, wines, and cocktails might trigger the disease. If you want to know more, your San Diego dentist can help you. Read on to learn how alcohol and gum disease relate and tips on preventing the latter.


Why Temporary Veneers are Too Good to Pass Up

September 4, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 5:44 pm
Woman picking the shade of her veneers.

At some point, everyone has dreamed of walking the red carpet in a beautiful designer outfit made just for them. The feeling of being doted on and tailored to is a magical one. Most of us don’t ever get to live that dream. For us, the closest we can get is probably getting veneers.

The process of being fitted for veneers is an intricate one, and sometimes it’s hard to gauge what’s needed without seeing them on the person they’re intended for. That’s where temporary veneers come in. Here are a few ways they benefit you.


Cleaning Visits Still Available Before the End of the Year

August 23, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 1:03 am

Our hygiene department would love ❤️ to share there are a couple cleaning🦷 appointments left before the end of the year!

Need to use your insurance benefits, kids coming home for the holidays, or in need for a catch up after the flu season…

Call 📱 to reserve your spot today! 858-547–0070

Keep in mind Mod Squad will be closed 🚫 the week of December 22nd until January 2nd for the holiday 🎅 season.


Smile Makeover by Dr. Friedman

August 16, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 9:43 pm

Often the patient will have several dental procedures completed with Dr. Friedman. For the patient, one may be more important to them than the other. This patient wanted to do his smile before straightening his lowers with Invisalign clear braces. Well done Doc!




Trust The Process…

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 8:43 pm

We received this email from a patient that had her first appointment for her smile makeover procedure. When a patient is having a significant change to their smile, it is often a shock to see the temporary restorations for the first time. We often tell patients to trust the process. “Test driving the new smile” for a bit is always suggested before making any major change decisions.

We can not wait for her to see her final restorations next week!


Oh That Smile

August 10, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 7:11 pm

Great smile makeover to start the week! We whitened this patient’s teeth with our in office Zoom Whitening system. Dr. Friedman removed her old bonding that was discolored on her front two teeth replacing the bonding with a more natural look utilizing two porcelain restorations. That is one beautiful smile!
🎯 Goal – Replacing old stained bonding on front two teeth as well as giving the patient a brighter smile without looking “fake” –
🗓 Appointments – 2 visits to complete the process –
💰 Cost – $4200.00 –
🦷 Maintenance – Routine preventative appointments, home whitening with bleaching trays based on home habits –
📝 Note – Should be completed by a board certified experienced cosmetic dentist –
💤 Anesthetic – Local (prep & seat visits) Complimentary conscious sedation if desired by patient –
😲 Discomfort level – Little to no pain, possible tenderness 4-6 hours after initial prep –
🙌🏼 Life of procedure – Could last a lifetime w/ proper care –
🌍 Website for more information – –
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5 Star Google Review

August 9, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 5:08 pm


Thank you Susan for the 5 Star Google review. We thoroughly enjoy taking care of your family!
~Dr. Friedman & Squad

What to Expect When Recovering from Full Mouth Reconstruction

August 4, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 8:41 pm
Patient smiling during her dental visit.

Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you—so if your teeth are stained, damaged, or compromised in any way, your self-confidence will sustain quite a blow! Fortunately, full mouth reconstruction is one of the ways that your dentist can provide you with an enhanced smile. This process utilizes multiple cosmetic treatments, combining them into one comprehensive procedure that fixes your smile and boosts your confidence. That said, you might be wondering what to expect while recovering from full mouth reconstruction. Keep reading to learn more about what you can anticipate during each part of the process.


Why You Should Replace Your Metal Fillings

August 3, 2022

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 7:00 pm
Side-by-side comparison of teeth with metal amalgam fillings.

Tooth decay is a major nuisance; even if you practice good oral hygiene, your teeth are still vulnerable to its ravaging effects! Luckily, restorative solutions such as metal dental fillings are a great way to assist those damaged teeth and protect them from further harm. But if you’ve received these fillings in the past, did you know that replacing them with metal-free fillings might actually be in your best interest? Here’s more from your dentist about why metal fillings in Scripps Ranch can sometimes be problematic and what you can do to replace them.

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