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Save a Tooth with a Root Canal in San Diego, CA

March 26, 2015

480377293Although 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.

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.

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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.

For a Natural-looking Smile, Choose Dental Implants from Dr. Greg Friedman

February 12, 2015

480753457Although 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.

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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.

Protect Your Health and Enhance Your Smile with Tooth Colored Fillings in San Diego, CA

December 28, 2014

502879819Metal 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

San Diego Tooth Colored Fillings Appointments

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.

Calm Your Fears with Sedation Dentistry

August 29, 2014

94298352One thing that almost everyone can relate to is having a fear of some kind. For some, they may have a fear of heights, and for others, just the mere sight of a snake is enough to bring them to tears. Though it may seem insignificant to some, there are those that have a crippling fear that they may feel as though they will never overcome. One fear that many people have in common is the fear of the dentist. It may be slight for some, but to others, it can be enough to cause them to delay getting the much needed dental care they need performed. Though you may feel as though there is nothing you can do, Dr. Greg Friedman is able to put your fears to rest using sedation dentistry at his San Diego, CA dental office.

One of the wonderful things about sedation dentistry at our office is that our team, as well as Dr. Friedman, has received extensive training, ensuring that you are in excellent hands. One of the benefits to sedation dentistry is that you are able to restore the health of your smile while feeling completely relaxed. Dr. Friedman is also able to get more work done, saving you time and money. Also, sedation dentistry is able to help those who have a sensitive gag reflex, suffer from TMJ, and people who find it difficult to keep their mouths open for extensive periods of time.

We use oral conscious sedation at our San Diego, CA dental office. You will take the sedation by crushing the pill and mixing it with a flavored mint. The medication takes between 40 to 50 minutes to take effect, where you will feel extremely relaxed. While you are sedated, Dr. Friedman will perform your dental work, and you will not feel any pain. Be sure you have a trusted love one bring you home after your procedure, as the effects of the sedation will still be in your system.

Are you ready to see how sedation dentistry can help you face your fears at Mod Squad Dental? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Friedman and our team. Contact our office today and find out for yourself what a difference our commitment to your satisfaction can make in your smile. From our practice in San Diego, CA, we warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, and more. We look forward to serving you and your family!

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

August 15, 2014

480753457Having an incomplete smile is never something that is easy to live with. We see perfect smiles everyday on television and in magazines, and if you are insecure about your smile, looking at such images can make you feel embarrassed and less than. Having a smile that is not full is not only detrimental to your smile, but also to your body as a whole. Though you may have considered dentures and partials as teeth replacements, you may be wanting more of a permanent solution to your smile needs. Thankfully, Mod Squad Dental is able to restore your smile to its full brilliance using dental implants with Dr. Tina Beck.

One of the wonderful things about dental implants is that they are a permanent solution to having a smile that is incomplete. You are able to have a completely new smile that is all yours, and looks completely natural! Though many people may not realize it, if you have a smile that has teeth missing, it can result in a greater chance of gum disease, bone loss, tooth loss, and could cause the other teeth in your smile to shift in order to make up for the extra space.

Dr. Beck will have to set up a consultation with you in order to evaluate the state of your smile, your gum tissue health, and your bone density. It is important to make sure you are a candidate for dental implants to ensure amazing results. Dental implants involve embedding a titanium post into your jaw bone. This will replace the missing too root, and, over time, will fuse with the bone in your jaw, creating a strong bond. After the right amount of healing time, Dr. Friedman will create the crown, also known as the restoration. The crown resembles a tooth exactly, making your smile makeover look natural! You will be able to smile, eat, and speak with confidence, promising you will have a smile that anyone would envy!

Are you ready to see how dental implants can improve your smile at Mod Squad Dental? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment with Dr. Friedman and our team. Contact our office today and find out for yourself what a difference our commitment to your satisfaction can make in your smile. From our practice in San Diego, CA, we warmly welcome patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Rancho Pensaquitas, Poway, and more. We look forward to serving you and your family!

It’s Not Easy Being Green- It’s Great!

June 25, 2014

shutterstock_185075840A tall, ice cold glass of tea is a wonderful way to cool off in the summer heat. A summer staple, tea of all types has been able to cool us down, quench our thirst, and please our taste buds. From black tea to herbal, from peach to spearmint, the options often are overwhelming, but the end results are always delicious! What you may not know is how green tea is able to give you amazing benefits, both to your smile and your body! This summer, we want to make sure you are fully knowledgeable about what type of tea you are drinking and how it can promote your body’s wellness!

One of the amazing advantages to drinking green tea is the fact that it helps with your brain and your heart. Green tea is full of catechin, which are antioxidant that fight off, and have the ability to prevent, cell damage. Studies have proven that drinking green tea is directly linked to having a larger amount of activity in the working memory part of your brain. Also, drinking green tea has been shown to block the development of plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

For those with diabetes, green tea helps been the blood sugar level stable! If you are over worked and very stressed, green tea has an amino acid called theanine, something that can have a calming effect on people. For those trying to lose some weight, green tea can help increase your metabolism, helping you burn more fat calories! There are so many amazing advantages to having a cup of delicious green tea, and you should definitely experience it for yourself!

Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We are happy to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, or preventative dental need you may have! We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

Welcome Summer with Healthy Gums

June 18, 2014

shutterstock_111358292With summer rapidly approaching, everyone is getting ready and making plans in order to take full advantage of what the season has to offer. Outdoor barbeques, laying out by the pool, and building sand castles are all part of the summer fun, and you want to make sure you have the most fun possible with your friends and family. With the many people you are sure to encounter throughout the summer season, you want to make sure that your smile is as healthy and beautiful as possible. With periodontal disease therapy with Dr. Greg Friedman, you can be sure that your gums, along with your teeth, are in the best condition just in time to soak up some sun!

Periodontal disease affects over 80% of the population, which makes it one of the more common diseases out there. One point that may be shocking is the fact that many people may not even be aware that they are suffering from periodontal disease, leaving their mouths to ongoing infection and deterioration. Some of the most common signs of periodontal disease are swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, tenderness, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to an increased risk in heart disease, stroke, dementia, and much, much more.

Managing your periodontal disease involves scaling and root planing. These procedures allow us to remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. This way, we are able to remove all of the harmful bacteria in areas that your toothbrush and flossing cannot reach, giving you a clear mouth! Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, laser therapy may be necessary. This involves removing the infected gum tissue so new, healthy gum tissue may grow.  If you are interested in how Dr. Friedman is able to help you with your periodontal disease, make an appointment at our office, and we would be more than happy to help.

Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We are happy to take care of whatever general, cosmetic, or preventative dental need you may have! We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

Teeth Whitening in San Diego, CA: Reveal Your Most Radiant Smile at Mod Squad Dental

April 22, 2014

Shutterstock Lumineers Close UpYour smile is one of your most valuable assets, conveying a variety of characteristics in a single glance. If your teeth are stained or otherwise discolored due to food, drink, tobacco, or simply age, it is likely that you don’t feel confident showing off your smile to those who matter most. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening technology at Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA makes it possible to attain beautifully white teeth in less time than ever before.

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

While plenty of over-the-counter teeth whitening kits claim to brighten your smile just as well as professional teeth whitening, the fact is that only an experienced dentist with professional-grade materials can achieve lasting results. That is why we suggest that patients who are unhappy with the shade of their smiles explore the possibilities afforded by KöR Deep Bleaching. Discover what it feels like to smile openly and freely absolutely anytime and anywhere, showing off a lustrous white smile that is as confident as it is luminous and natural.

The KöR Deep Bleaching Teeth Whitening System is the only whitening process capable of removing deep, set-in stains and discoloration caused by tetracycline. It works by enabling the tooth enamel to absorb oxygen, lifting yellow and brown hues permanently (with simple at-home touch-ups).

Enjoy the Gorgeous, White Smile You Deserve

Perhaps you’re preparing for a major event in your life – like a wedding, graduation, birthday, or a professional venture – and you want to make sure that your smile is absolutely dazzling for the big day. Or maybe you simply need a boost in your image and want to take years off your appearance with teeth whitening. Whatever your cosmetic dentistry goals are, our team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your teeth whitening treatment. From our office in Scripps Ranch, CA, we also proudly serve the nearby areas of Poway, Rancho Pensaquitas, the greater San Diego area and more.

What You Need to Know About Gum Disease and Pregnancy: Preventive Dentistry in San Diego

April 10, 2014

Shutterstock Perio PregnancyMost people know that gum disease can lead to a variety of dental problems, including bleeding gums, redness, inflammation, and even eventual tooth loss when left untreated. What isn’t common knowledge, however, is how much periodontal disease can affect other areas of the body, particularly in pregnant women. Fortunately, this common disease is relatively easily avoided with routine visits to Mod Squad Dental in San Diego, CA. Our comprehensive array of preventive and general dentistry services keep your mouth (and your baby) healthy.

Connection Between Gum Disease & Pregnancy

When a woman’s gums are infected, the bacteria there can travel throughout the rest of the body, wreaking havoc on other tissues in a way that isn’t necessarily outwardly noticeable. This bacteria, which is also responsible for the buildup of tartar on the teeth, can cause the uterus to produce excessive amounts of hormonal chemicals known prostaglandins. These are believed to be capable of inducing premature labor, a complication that can be life-threatening for a baby.

Preventing periodontal disease prior to becoming pregnant doesn’t have to be a challenge. Simply follow good oral hygiene habits – including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing at least once per day – and visit your local Scripps Range family dentist for routine exams and cleanings.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or are currently expecting, the team at Mod Squad Dental is here to help you achieve optimal oral health for a bright future for both you and your child. Do you have questions about the various ways your dental health affects your pregnancy and your overall well-being? Our team of experienced specialists is always happy to address any concerns you may have and help you develop a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs. Contact our office in Scripps Ranch today and schedule your consultation. We also happily serve patients from Rancho Penasquitas, Poway, throughout San Diego, and beyond.

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