Should I get Dental Implants? | Riverside, CA

If you are unsure about dental implants or don’t really know what they are, Dr. Gerald Middleton of Riverside, CA has provided a brief explanation for your knowledge.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants natural-looking and feeling and under proper conditions, such as placement by a diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

What do Dental Implants Do?

•             Replace one or more teeth

•             Support a bridge and reduce the need for a partial denture.

•             Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Types of Implants

•             Endosteal (in the bone): Most commonly used type of implant. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone.

•             Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s

Dental Implants vs Dentures or a Bridge

Esthetically dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures.

Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

Dental implants are secure. You don’t have to worry when speaking or eating. No messy pastes and glue. You will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.

The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Ideally you need to be in good oral health and have adequate bone in your jaw to support the implant. In addition you will need healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease.

For further explanation of dental implants and to see if they are right for you, contact Dr. Middleton at 951-688-3442 or visit his website

Dental Crowns in a Day | Riverside, CA

Technology is changing our everyday lives. Many people aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Dr. Gerald Middleton DDS of Riverside, CA has always made it his vision to stay as advanced as possible and deliver the best that dentistry has to offer.

I have never been more excited in a new material or technology than I am now in our State of the Art CEREC machine. With this cutting-edge innovation we can restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using high quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of the teeth.
The CEREC uses CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology; incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine. I can take an optical impression, send it to my computer, design your new crown or restoration, mill it here at the office and bond it in your mouth the same day. This means no need to make temporaries, take impressions or send them to a lab. Because of this, the second appointment is eliminated. And the result is extremely strong and truly beautiful.

Confused? Next time you’re in the office let me or one of my team members show it off for you. We are all extremely proud of this newest addition to our team.

Contact our office at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website


Annie’s Mailbox

We found some great dental advice in a recent column of Annie’s Mailbox, written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar (longtime editors of the Ann Landers column)

Dear Annie: I have a beautiful 3-month-old daughter. We live close to my parents, and they babysit “Abby” all the time.

Here’s the problem. At my last dental visit, my dentist told me about a study that says adults with bad oral hygiene can transmit bacteria to children through kissing and sharing utensils, causing tooth infections in the kids.

My mom hasn’t been to a dentist in years. When I told her about the study and suggested she get a checkup, she blew up at me and now refuses to see her granddaughter. I realize my mother has a phobia, but I thought she’d make the effort for Abby’s sake. How can I make her understand that this is not an attack on her, but about the well-being of my daughter? — Clean Teeth in Pennsylvania

Dear Penn: Tooth decay is caused by specific germs and is more common among young children than any other chronic illness. Some of this is caused by poor brushing and flossing, too much sugar in the diet, and relying exclusively on bottled water, which usually doesn’t have fluoride. But it also happens when saliva is transferred to the baby’s mouth by eating from the same spoon, sharing cups and utensils, letting your toddler put your toothbrush in his mouth, or kissing the baby on the mouth if you have poor dental hygiene. Only those with active tooth decay can spread this bacteria. So when you blow on a bite of food, touch it to your mouth and then feed it to your baby, you may be transferring bacteria.

Your mother’s phobia is so severe that she has chosen not to see her grandchild rather than submit to a dentist. This not only damages her relationship with Abby, but risks her physical health, as poor dental hygiene can lead to heart disease. But there is a simpler solution. Please explain all this to Mom and ask her to be careful around Abby. Then wipe the baby’s teeth, tongue and inner cheeks with a clean, wet cloth every few hours, whether she’s around Mom or not.