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Preventive Dentistry in Scripps Ranch, CA

Man flossing teethAt MOD Squad Dental, our team loves being able to offer patients the skilled support and advanced services they need to enjoy a thriving smile for many years to come. Quality preventive care is the first step in this lifelong journey, protecting your oral health and stopping problems before they get a chance to start. Contact our Scripps Ranch practice today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Greg Friedman! We also welcome patients from Mira Mesa, Ranch Bernardo, Poway, and the entire San Diego county.

Your First Visit

We can’t wait to welcome you to our practice! When scheduling a first appointment, our new patient coordinator, Jessica, will talk you through the process beforehand over the phone, as well as provide you with the links to download the proper forms to fill out before you arrive. Upon arriving at our dental office in Scripps Ranch, you’ll be greeted by Jessica once more and given a little tour of the practice before being set up in a dental suite. At this time, we’re happy to offer a wide variety of amenities to help you feel right at home, from blankets to massage cushions to your favorite channel on TV. Then, Dr. Friedman comes in for the exam.

During our thorough inspection of your smile, Dr. Friedman will enjoy learning about your personal goals for your smile. Once you’ve undergone a cleaning as well, Jessica will put together a detailed treatment plan that lists both necessary procedures and our elective options as well. We’ll discuss this in the consultation room and create a personalized plan of action before scheduling your next appointment. It’s that easy!

Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings

Patients both young and old need to be attending at least two check-ups and cleanings a year, or one every six months. Even diligent brushers and flossers can fall victim to serious dental problems, and our Scripps Ranch team wants to help you maintain the healthy, happy smile you deserve for many years to come. We’ll carefully inspect every aspect of your oral health during you regular visits, taking into account any changes or signs of damage at the earliest stages possible so that treatment is easy and fast. Dr. Friedman will work with you closely to help you select the best cosmetic and restorative options for your unique teeth!

An in-depth routine cleaning is also necessary to help get rid of tricky plaque and tartar that can accumulate on teeth and gums. One of our excellent hygienists will clear the clingy bacteria away, giving you back a nicely refreshed mouth.

Children’s Dentistry

We’re always happy to welcome growing smiles at MOD Squad Dental! Dr. Friedman offers several personalized services that can help your son or daughter on the right path towards great oral health, including dental sealants. This tough plastic material is painted directly onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth, “sealing” them shut in order to minimize decay and provide valuable protection while children are still learning to brush and floss correctly. With the right maintenance, they can last up to 10 years or more!

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Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™

Here at MOD Squad Dental, the impossible is now possible – Dr. Greg Friedman can help seasoned athletics improve their speed and strength with a custom, quality mouthguard! Under Armour Performance Mouthwear does much more than just protect your teeth from injury during the big game. In fact, it actually reduces tension in your jaw when worn, allowing you to focus on doing your best and playing to win. The device prevents teeth clenching, minimizes the release of cortisol (a hormone that can cause exhaustion), and actually helps patients breathe in more good oxygen by opening their airway wider. 

Today, there are countless athletes who use Under Armour Performance Mouthwear while playing common sports that have the possibility of contact with a projectile or a hard surface, including soccer, football, tennis, and more. Here in Scripps Ranch, Dr. Friedman can take impressions and fit you for your very own custom mouthguard in just one appointment. The process of taking impressions should take less than half an hour – then, your brand-new appliance will arrive in just 10 days or so. Our team can’t wait to help you get back on the field or court with renewed confidence and drive. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

TMJ – Neuromuscular Dentistry for Scripps Ranch

Are you tired of enduring unbearable headaches?

Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?    

Does your jaw click or pop when you chew?

These symptoms are not normal. Nor are they a sign of aging or natural "wear and tear."  They are commonly associated with a disorder known as TMD, which involves the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the treatment of TMJ disorders, which may lead to the following symptoms:

Advances in TMJ therapy have made it possible to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) with conservative and effective therapies.

TMD is often undiagnosed because there is no specialist for TMD. For example, an endodontist is a specialist for root canal treatment, a periodontist is a specialist for the gums, and an orthodontist is a specialist for braces. Often, several doctors would see patients for TMD; ENT for the ear symptoms, dentist for the jaw, general physician for the neck and body aches/fatigue, and often even a neurologist for headaches/migraines, all giving their own treatment plans separately. This can result in some symptoms improving, other symptoms getting worse, or symptoms not improving at all. Usually by the time Dr. Friedman sees patients for TMD, they have spent thousands of dollars, seen several different doctors, been given several different options, and often been put on medication, which all results in frustration, confusion, and pure disgust.  Always be careful when seeing a doctor for TMD and making decisions concerning treatment and the money involved.  

Dr. Friedman had a family member several years ago with all the above symptoms, eventually hindering her daily activities and zest for life.  For this reason, Scripps Ranch dentist Dr. Friedman has attended several years of educational courses focused on TMD, keeping himself abreast with the quickly advancing field of neuromuscular dentistry.  Dr. Friedman utilizes his extensive training in TMD and Orthodontics to present a detailed and comprehensive plan of action for pain and the symptoms often associated with the disorder.  The treatment of TMJs can provide physical relief of pain, as well as cosmetic enhancements to jaw alignments, which are most noticeable in a patient’s side profile and chin placement; this is often referred to as "full mouth reconstruction.” After just three months of treatment, most patients experience relief from headaches and TMJ-related pain.

Testimonial from an Actual Patient of Dr. Friedman’s

This review is lengthy, but worth the read. I want people to know the life-altering work of Dr. Friedman not only on teeth, but on jaw disorders as well.

In April of 2003, I was in a pedestrian vs vehicle accident. I, the pedestrian, took out the windshield with the left back part of my head. Ever since then, I struggled with severe jaw, face, head and ear pain known as TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). At times, it affected my ability to speak, eat, and function. I watched my mom go through two horrendous jaw surgeries and refused to do the same. I came to the decision that I would just live in pain for the rest of my life. It was until I was referred to Dr. Friedman that I realized there are other options besides face peeling, jaw breaking surgery. At age 33, Dr. Friedman diagnosed me with an arthritic left jaw joint and possible old undiagnosed injury to the jaw on top of the TMD.

It was decided that my treatment would be splint therapy. He was able to lift my jaw off away from bone on bone, creating a space where, over time, tissue would grow and cushion the joint. Within a month, I was already relieved of so much pain. As time passed, I noticed my jaw structure looking more symmetrical and normal. I can now eat, smile, and live with no pain. Words cannot even begin to express how Dr. Friedman has changed my life.

The office holds high standards of cleanliness, is well organized, personable, and runs like a well-oiled machine. Dr. Friedman's wife, Jessica, is amazing! She explains procedures in my terms so I can fully understand both medical and financial ends before anything is done. His life-altering work, coupled with the above and beyond customer service of the staff, makes MOD Squad Dental the total package. You guys are outstanding and deserve endless stars!!

-Cara Duke, San Diego, CA

Our State-of-the-Art Dental Technology

We take great pride in always providing state-of-the-art technology at MOD Squad Dental, which allows for comfortable, pain-free dentistry. Computerized controlled anesthetic, Zoom!™ Laser Teeth Whitening, low-radiation digital X-rays, complimentary digital imaging, and laser dentistry utilizing two different types of dental lasers are just some of the ways Dr. Friedman is changing patients’ perceptions of dentistry.  Our technology saves you time and can prevent anxiety while allowing us to give you healthy teeth and gums, as well as the smile of your dreams. Below, you will find detailed videos outlining each procedure for your benefit.

Itero Technology for Digital Bite Impressions...No More Goop!

As seen on the medical television program, The Drs., Dr. Friedman & MOD Squad Dental incorporate Itero technology in their care.  Say goodbye to goop and gagging that comes with making cement impressions for mouth treatments – a new digital camera is replacing those messy trays!

Oral Cancer Screening

Your routine appointments aren’t just to check for cavities. In fact, your six-month checkup plays a crucial role in the early detection of non-dental issues as well, like oral cancer. With over 50,000 cases expected to be diagnosed this year alone, it’s more important than ever that Dr. Friedman has an opportunity to check for symptoms in the early stages. Learn more about the value of oral cancer screenings below!

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