Sedation Dentistry – Riverside, CA

Does the thought of having your teeth worked on make you anxious or uncomfortable? Does the sight of needles and the sound of dental drills make you cringe? Now imagine if you could have everything done while you nap comfortably and awake to not remembering anything from the procedure. Dr. Middleton of Riverside, CA can make that happen.

Oral sedation is a method of conscious sedation where the doctor uses pills to sedate a patient. Most healthy adults are good candidates for oral sedation. For some, comfortable dentistry is as simple as taking one small pill. Oral sedation is a wonderful option for patients who need more than just nitrous oxide, but don’t need or want IV Sedation or general anesthesia. It allows many people to be comfortably sedated through an entire dental visit using just a small pill.

We understand that going to the dentist can be very difficult for some people. Dental phobia is actually a lot more common than you may think. It is estimated that about 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of this reason.

Contact Dr. Middleton to make an appointment and have the most relaxing dental visit you’ve ever had! 951-688-3442 or visit the website www.gmdental.com.

 

Termites in Your Teeth?

There have been so many changes in how we treat the common disease of dental caries (which most refer to as cavities). In the past we checked for caries on your exam and if found, scheduled you for another appointment to have it, or them, filled. We may have advised you to brush or floss better and not to eat junk food. But that was about it. This treatment fixed the cavity but did nothing for what was actually causing it. The equivalent of this would be if you had termites eating the wood in your house and you drilled the rotted wood, filled with spackle and left the termites to continue feasting.

We’re excited that we now have technology to test how susceptible you are to caries by assessing risk factors and testing your saliva for acid producing bacteria that cause cavities. We refer to this approach as CAMBRA (Caries Management By Risk Assessment). If we have found that you are at risk of dental caries, we have several solutions for treating the bacteria and strengthening your enamel to prevent new cavities. If you are concerned that you or your children are prone to cavities, make an appointment and we can have you assessed and tested.

White Composite Fillings provide a tooth colored filling

fillings-riverside-caWhite Composite Fillings provide a tooth colored filling vs. amalgam fillings. White composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth. Dr. Gerald Middleton in Riverside California can provide expert white composite fillings for your teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Riverside CA – Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry can have several different meanings. To some it may be as simple as whitening their teeth or just changing their silver fillings to white, tooth-colored ones. Others may be completely unhappy with their smile and wish to make dramatic changes. With the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry virtually anyone’s smile can be made to dazzle.

Dr Gerald Middleton in Riverside California provides state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to schedule a consulation: (951) 688-3442

cosmetic-dentistryACTUAL PATIENT RECONSTRUCTION

This patient came in so nervous about dentistry he almost left before we ever saw him. He was very embarrassed about his smile. We did a combination of veneers, bleaching, crowns and bonding, and put in a tooth colored filling to replace the silver filling.

Porcelain Veneers are Great for Stained, Chipped, or Crooked Teeth

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are a technique we use to take an ordinary or unattractive smile and make it gorgeous. This means that people with stained, crooked, chipped, misshapen or gapped teeth can have the straight, white, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and top of the tooth. It requires the removal of much less tooth structure than a crown or cap.

It usually takes two appointments to fabricate a veneer. During the first appointment the tooth will be properly shaped to receive the veneer. Impressions are then taken to make precise models of the teeth. These models are used to artistically craft the veneers to exactly fit the prepared teeth. On the second appointment the veneers are inspected and approved in the mouth for color and desired shape. They are then bonded into place using a resin adhesive and a harmless ultraviolet light. Once bonded to place, veneers virtually become part of the teeth. The bond is extremely strong.

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This patient came to us because she was unhappy with how her teeth looked. Her upper right canine tooth was stuck in the bone. She had braces when she was younger in an attempt to move it, but this had not been successful. Her other option was surgery, but that was not something she wanted to do. Instead, we decided to just change the shape of those two teeth. First we bleached her teeth to her desired color, and then veneers were placed on those teeth to give her a natural looking smile. Contact Dr. Gerald Middleton in Riverside California to talk about how Porcelain Veneers can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. (951) 688-3442

Teeth Whitening – What Method Works Best?

Teeth Whitening:

Dr. Gerald Middleton provides Riverside, Corona, and nearby California cities with several methods to bleach or whiten teeth. Call for a free consultation to discuss which method is best for you (951) 688-3442.

The most popular and convenient method is with the Zoom whitening technique. This procedure is done in our office in about an hour. Our trained clinicians first place a protective barrier on the cheeks and gums. The Zoom whitening gel is then applied to the teeth. This gel is used with the Zoom light which together gently penetrates the surface of the teeth to break up stains and discolorations. During this time you can relax, watch a dvd or listen to music. The gel is applied for three 15 minute sessions for a total of 45 minutes to 1 hour. You then leave with your whiter, brighter smile.