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Stop Gum Recession with Chao Pinhole Technique

July 31, 2016

Filed under: Scripps Ranch Cosmetic Dentistry — Tags: , — Dr. Greg Friedman @ 7:40 am

cosmetic dentist in Scripps RanchIf you’re suffering from a receding gum line, Dr. Greg Friedman now offers one of the most advanced treatments to help treat the gums. With the Chao Pinhole technique, you’ll benefit from one of the best breakthroughs in treating gum recession that’s currently available. As a cosmetic dentist in Scripps Ranch, Dr. Friedman proudly offers this dental advancement to provide comprehensive care for periodontal disease. This treatment eliminates the need for scalpels and sutures, providing a more comfortable treatment and recovery.
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Why Oral Sedation VS. Nitrous (Laughing Gas)

June 25, 2015

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Why Choose Oral Conscious Sedation vs. Nitrous (Laughing Gas)

After one of my patients had their dental procedures completed with Dr. Friedman at MOD Squad Dental under oral conscious sedation, he asked me to write an article to educate others as himself about oral conscious sedation vs. the popular offered Nitrous (Laughing Gas).  Lets just say he brought me flowers the next day after conscious sedation & stated on Nitrous at his previous dentist, he felt like he wanted to hide in a corner and very out of control.

It is proven that 92% of dental patients have some form of dental fear or anxiety.  This may be a fear of needles, claustrophobia, anxiety of the unknown, previously had to get several injections to get “numb” or the fact that they had a bad past experience and have no idea of the constant changing of dentistry procedures & techniques because of never returning to the dentist.

Oral Conscious Sedation

According to the DOCS, (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation), only 1% of the dentists in the country are actually qualified in this type of conscious sedation dentistry.  Oral conscious sedation is a cocktail of medications that are made into a fine powder & placed underneath the patients tongue.  The patient is then asked to relax for 40-50 mins in our sedation suite.  A warm blanket, cool eye cover, massage chair & noise cancellation headset create a relaxed & comfortable environment.  The great pro of oral conscious sedation is the patient is able to respond to Dr. Friedman requests; open, close, or relax & then return to their sedated comfortable state.

Major benefits of oral conscious sedation;

  • It enhances effectiveness of anesthetic.
  • No needles.
  • Safe; It is considered safer than IV sedation &  general anesthesia, with low incidence & severity of adverse reactions
  • It decreases gagging.
  • It decreases joint and muscle soreness.
  • Low cost; MOD Squad Dental & Dr. Greg Friedman offer Oral Conscious Sedation for their patients complimentary with any dental treatment.  Dr. Friedman is more concerned about patient comfort vs. “padding your bill.”
  • Allows more treatment to be provided in less visits and less time in the chair.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

  • Unable to be given gas for an extended period of time compared to oral conscious sedation for long dental visits.
  • Harder to control the “comfort zone” for patients to feel relaxed vs. “out of control.”
  • Because of the nose being covered, patients who have difficulty breathing  through their nose are unable to utilize nitrous oxide.
  • If a patient tends to be claustrophobic, the covering of the nose tends to increase this feeling/fear.
  • Side Effects may include; increased anxiety, severe nausea, even neurologic problems; Mental confusion is a Nitrous Oxide side effect that is almost never mentioned, yet it happens with more frequency than many would like to admit. This mental confusion occurs as a result of the nitrous oxide causing Vitamin B12 Malabsorption by depleting the Vitamin B12 stored in the body. While most people have plenty of vitamin b12 stored in their liver, those who are at high risk for vitamin b12 deficiency:
  • The elderly
  • Vegetarians and Vegans
  • People with Pernicious Anemia

If you want more information about oral conscious sedation, phone Jess today at 858-547-0070 to discuss your sedation options.

Think All Dentists Are the Same? Think Again.

April 29, 2015

bad.root.canal Think all dentist are the same?

Think again…

Here at MOD Squad Dental we pride ourselves on always offering the latest technology, equipment, and dental materials.  This creates the most comfortable environment and dental procedures our patients know they can count on to be top notch.

I came across this photo of two root canals.  The fills (white lines) should run down the tooth root…not out the side of it.  You may also see the white line about 2 inches on the tooth to the right.  This is a root canal file that has been broken off and left in the bone surrounding this tooth.

We know as dental professionals, 90% of the population do not like visiting the dentist.  This is the reason we are determined to change the minds of our patients one visit at a time.

My reason for this post…..We referred a patient to our Endodontist (root canal specialist) for a root canal.  I was then asked by his wife why did we refer to a practice that was not “in-network” with their dental insurance.  Simple….Or first priority is the patient…We refer to the Endodontist based on that particular doctors expertise, and continued excellent reports of their five star customer service not based on who your insurance may or may not cover.

If you have been told you need some major dental treatment…do your research.  It will benefit you in the long run.

 

 

 

Smile Pretty with Porcelain Veneers from MOD Squad Dental

March 12, 2015

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.

What is Your Smile Saying to Others?

March 2, 2015

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

February 26, 2015

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.

Only Trust the Best with Your Smile-MOD Squad Dental

February 24, 2015

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.

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

January 28, 2015

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.

To Quickly Repair Your Smile, Choose Cosmetic Bonding with Dr. Greg Friedman

January 14, 2015

Shutterstock Lumineers Close UpIs 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.

Call Our Office Today

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.

MOD Squad Dental Delivers Unbelievable Results with Professional Teeth Whitening in San Diego, CA

December 23, 2014

524227687Are 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.

San Diego Teeth Whitening Appointments

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.

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