All About Dental Implants | Riverside General Dentist

implant diagramWhy get a dental implant? Dental implants are the best long-term solution for missing teeth.  Some reasons to consider a dental implant as a tooth replacement are:

-Conserve your jawbone. With a bridge, your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth. The longer you wait to get dental implants, the more likely it is that your jawbone may lack the integrity to get implants in the future without a dental bone graft.

-Stop your teeth from shifting.  When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin moving to fill in the space. This can cause a number of complications. Placing a dental implant will keep your teeth properly spaced and make it easy to keep them clean.

-Preserve your appearance.  When your jawbone deteriorates because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in. This can make you look years older. People with dentures often complain of having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implant posts provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full.

What is a Dental implant?  A dental implant is complete tooth replacement. There are three components: the post, abutment, and restoration.  Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. The dental implant post looks like a screw. It is typically made of titanium and integrates into the jawbone like a tooth root. The abutment is attached to the post, and the restoration, or crown, is attached to the abutment.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! There are vast benefits with dental implants including, improved speech, easier eating, improved comfort and overall improved oral health. Dental implants are very durable and will last you many years and will give you a boost in self confidence!

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website:

Dr. Middleton welcomes patients from San Bernardino, Redlands and Lake Elsinore.