Should You Get a Dental Implant? | Riverside Dentist

When we need a tooth replaced, there are many things that go through our heads. Is it going to hurt? Is it going to be obvious? Will it work the same as a real tooth? Will my lifestyle need to change? There are answers to each and every one of these questions and you’re going to be pleased. These aren’t your grandparents’ dental implants.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge when you have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Before now, dental implants were rudimentary and pretty obvious to others. It involved a couple of appointments and could be rather painful. Today, dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling that no one will ever know the difference. Even more so when they last a lifetime.

There are two 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.

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, so you won’t need to worry when speaking or eating – you will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit

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One Reason to Be Salty | Dentist in Riverside, CA

When we hear the word salty, we don’t necessarily think of it as a good thing. Not only does too much salt ruin a dish, but it can cause health problems if you overindulge. Not to mention the newest slang term for a someone with a bad attitude. But there is one way that salt is actually good for us – for our mouths more specifically. And it is something that we can do on our own: the saltwater rinse.

Saltwater mouth rinses are easily made at home using a combination of warm water and salt. The salt increases the pH of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment that is hostile towards bacteria. To put is basically, saltwater rinses help keep our mouths healthy by killing off cavity-causing bacteria. It is used often to soothe sore mouths after surgery or to relieve a toothache while waiting for your dental appointment.

Making a saltwater rinse is easy – add one half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and rinse your mouth every two to three hours after surgery. The water should be warm to help dissolve the salt, but not hot – it should be considerably cooler than you would use for a cup of hot coffee or tea. The salt will help treat both dental-related issues (such as damaged tissue following tooth extraction) and even non-dental issues, such as sore throat caused by the common cold.

While there are benefits to using a saltwater rinse, many dentists typically recommend antibacterial commercial mouthwashes for everyday use. While saltwater is great for treating mouths with injuries, medicated commercial mouthwashes are better at killing bacteria, though they’re slightly harsher on the mouth.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit

Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside and all surrounding areas.