Help, I have tooth pain! Do I need a root canal? | General Dentistry | Riverside, CA

A root canal in your tooth can become infected due to a cavity or fracture that allows in bacteria.  When a root canal becomes infected it can die.  At this point you will begin to feel pain and pressure in and around the infected tooth.  According to Dr. Gerald Middleton of Riverside, CA this is your first sign that you will need one of the most common procedures in general dentistry, root canal therapy.  Without treatment the infection spreads and could lead to tooth loss.

What is root canal therapy?

When the damaged pulp in the root canal of the tooth is cleaned out of all the diseased pulp and the canal is reshaped.  Next, the canal is filled with material to prevent re-contamination of the tooth.  Lastly, the tooth is permanently sealed with a post or crown.

A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits.  Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

If you are experiencing tooth pain and feel you might have an infected root canal, contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website.

Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay | Riverside, CA

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems in general dentistry seen among patients.  Dr. Gerald Middleton of Riverside, CA encourages good oral health and regular dental checkups help to fight against tooth decay.  The following are five tips to help prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride Therapy: It is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth topically or systemically in order to prevent tooth decay (dental caries) which results in cavities.  Fluoride Therapy delivery involves fluoride supplementation using water, salt, tablets or drops which are swallowed.  Tablets or drops are rarely used where public water supplies are fluoridated.

Brushing your teeth:  Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.  Brushing your teeth three times a day makes your teeth stronger.

Regular general dentistry checkups:  It is very important to seek the help of a dentist since they know a lot about it.  They know what to do and where to focus on your teeth.

Dental sealant: It is the dental treatment that consists of plastic material that covers one or more teeth, for preventing of cavities and tooth decay.  Dental sealants are applied in a dentist’s office.

Dietary snacks: It is good to limit sweet snacks as excessive intake of sweets alters’ your blood sugar. If you avoid snacks, you may be depriving your body of nutrition from food.  Good snacks should include healthy proteins and fats.

Make an appointment with Dr. Gerald Middleton today to ensure your mouth is as healthy as it should be.  Contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.

Restore your Smile with Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays | Riverside, CA

Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays are frequently used to restore teeth that are severely damaged by decay or wear. They are usually applied to the chewing surfaced of the back teeth. They provide more strength than a filling and are more conservative than a full dental crown.

A porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay is fabricated to fit your tooth precisely and is bonded tightly in place to strengthen and protect the damaged tooth. Like a dental crown, a dental inlay or dental onlay covers and protects the tooth’s biting surface. Where a dental crown covers the entire tooth, a dental inlay or dental onlay fits inside the tooth cusps and covers only the biting surfaces. Because a dental inlay or dental onlay is fabricated in a dental laboratory, it takes two or more appointments to restore a tooth with a porcelain dental inlay or dental onlay.

For more information on Dental Inlays and Dental Onlays or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website.

Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.