You’re enjoying a well-earned breakfast with your family at Nutmeg Bakery and Café and you can’t wait to dig into their famous brioche French toast you come back for time and time again. You take that first bite – expecting everything to be delicious – but instead of enjoying the great taste, you see stars from a sore tooth. You finally admit it – this tooth has been hurting for way too long. But, just the thought of having any dentist in Scripps Ranch, CA use a syringe to numb your sore tooth before they actually fix the problem makes you break out in a cold sweat. What can you do? You can see Dr. Friedman at Mod Squad Dental since their team uses The Wand, a new technology that makes painful syringes a thing of the past.
March 26, 2015
Although 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.
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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.
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.
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 11, 2014
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November 28, 2014
When an athlete suits up, you can bet they put on protective gear before they wear their team uniform. Whether a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, everyone needs the proper protective equipment. Imagine if some of that protective gear could also improve your athletic performance. That’s exactly what happens with Under Armour Performance Mouthwear. Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, is an authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear provider, who will not only protect your smile, he’ll improve your game.
What is Mouthwear?
Ordinarily, mouthwear (usually called a mouth guard) is made of a plastic material that is either pre-molded or can be custom made to the exact shape and position of your teeth. All mouth wear is designed to protect your lips, gums, teeth and mouth from injury that may occur while playing sports, both contact and non-contact.
The difference between ordinary mouth guards and Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is that Under Armour’s product is designed to improve athletic performance. Typically, when engaged in competitive sports, athletes clench their teeth, a natural occurrence stemming from our “fight or flight” instinct. The problem is that when you clench your teeth, you signal the body to release cortisol, the stress hormone that can zap your athletic performance.
Under Armour Performance Mouthwear is specially designed to prevent teeth clenching, relieve pressure on your temporomandibular joint and open your airway. The secret is the ArmourBite® Power Wedges™ that sit between your upper and lower molars to maintain an open airway and prevent clenching. Independent studies show that Under Armour Performance Mouthwear works.
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If you want to protect your smile and improve your athletic performance, then call the office of Dr. Greg Friedman at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. As an authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear provider, he’ll fit you or a family member with this indispensable protective gear. We also serve patients in Poway, Rancho Pensaquitas, and Scripps Ranch.
October 28, 2014
Scripps Ranch Root Canal Therapy
For most people, the mere thought of a root canal conjures up feelings of discomfort. These feelings, however, pale in comparison to the pain caused when a tooth’s root is infected or succumbing to the effects of severe decay. Then, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, can be a tremendous relief. At Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, our dentists can perform a painless root canal to save your tooth and leave you pain-free.
Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Root Trouble
Root damage can occur as a result of serious decay, a deep chip or crack in the tooth, or a hard hit to the face. While there are cases when a patient experiences no symptoms to indicate a root canal is necessary, most of the time there are obvious signs and symptoms. These include:
- Severe tooth pain when chewing, so much so that you may avoid chewing on that side of your mouth
- Tender and swollen gum tissue around the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- A change in the tooth’s color, specifically a darker appearance
If any of these symptoms are present, then decay or infection inside the root of a tooth may be indicated. A root canal is the procedure whereby this decay and infection are eliminated. Your dentist at Mod Squad Dental will remove the soft pulp inside your tooth that contains nerve, blood and soft tissue. Once removed, the inside of the root is thoroughly cleaned and sealed from further decay and infection. Usually, the tooth will then need a dental crown for protection.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, then a root canal may be the solution. Call the office of Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, today. Our dentists and staff are ready to help you with a painless root canal, so you can go about your day pain-free. We conveniently serve patients in Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, Scripps Ranch and the surrounding areas, too.
October 14, 2014
So, you’ve decided that you want to have straight teeth. Good for you! What you don’t want, however, is the appearance and hassle of metal braces and brackets. Whether you are an adult with a professional reputation to consider or a teen who just plain doesn’t like the look of metal braces, you shouldn’t have to compromise. Not to worry, because with Invisalign aligners from Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA, you can have braces that are virtually invisible.
Invisalign aligners are made of clear, PBA-free plastic that fit smoothly and snugly over your teeth. With no sharp wires or brackets, there’s nothing to poke or irritate the inside of your cheeks or your gums. And best of all, Invisalign—as the name implies—are all but invisible to people who see you when you are wearing them.
The Steps to Straight Teeth with Invisalign
First, you and your dentist at Mod Squad Dental will meet to discuss your smile goals and how Invisalign can help. Then, your dentist will develop a treatment plan based on x-rays, pictures and an impression of your teeth. This plan will allow you to see how your teeth will move during the course of treatment and even how your teeth will look when the plan is completed.
Of course, your role in the plan is to wear your custom-designed Invisalign aligners for a majority of the day. You’ll remove them only to eat or to brush and floss your teeth. Approximately every two weeks you’ll begin wearing a new set of aligners. Gradually, as you progress through the sets, you’ll begin to see your teeth move into their proper position. Regular check-ups at Mod Squad Dental will be scheduled, and soon you’ll have the smile you’ve always wanted!
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If you would like to learn more about Invisalign aligners, then call the Mod Squad Dental office today in San Diego, CA. Our office also conveniently serves patients in Scripps Ranch, Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway and the surrounding areas.
September 22, 2014
It is no secret that missing teeth negatively impact your daily life, keeping you from enjoying your favorite foods and prompting self-consciousness about your smile. Today’s advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures make it possible to replace missing teeth in a way far superior to traditional prostheses like removable bridges and dentures. With dental implants, the San Diego, CA team at Mod Squad Dental can effectively secure a full denture to the jaw, promoting a more stable and natural bite.
Like a traditional denture, implant-retained dentures are custom prostheses that are designed to replace missing teeth. A full arch of missing teeth is secured to the jaw by way of dental implants, small titanium posts that are surgically placed within the jaw bone and gum tissue. After a brief period of healing after implant surgery, the custom denture is affixed to these posts. The result is a strong, beautiful smile that frees you from the worry of slipping dentures and discomfort.
Unlike many other general dentists who must send their patients to a different office for implant placement, our team welcomes a local periodontal surgeon into our Scripps Ranch practice so that our patients can continue visiting the office they know and love. Our periodontist, Dr. Tina Beck, is available on Fridays for consultations and the surgical placement of dental implants. We look forward to working with you to ensure a beautiful, healthy, and complete smile that lasts a lifetime.
Reserve Your Visit Today
If you currently wear dentures and you’d like to learn more about how implant-retained dentures can benefit you, we’d like to invite you to contact our office in San Diego, CA today to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Beck and our team. Our cutting-edge technology and patient-centric approach make all the difference in the world when it comes to providing the best dental care for families in Scripps Ranch and the surrounding areas. We also serve Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, and beyond.
September 18, 2014
Scripps Ranch Dentist Dr. Greg Friedman
THE COLD HARD TOOTH….
Research proves that your smile is a huge key to success that will enhance relationships and performance (personally and professionally)–even increasing your longevity. Don’t forget to SMILE and share your SMILE today with family, friends, and especially strangers!!!
Visit Dr. Greg Friedman in our Scripps Ranch dental office and see the difference a Mod Squad can make!