When You Need a Tooth Replacement | Dentist in Riverside

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 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. Because of their versatility, dental implants can remedy an assortment of dental issues, sometime within one visit:

  • 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.

When it comes to choosing which dental implant is right for you, that will be discussed with your dental professional as you create a treatment plan, but here’s a quick rundown of the differences:

  • 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 metal framework.

Now that you are aware of the types of implants, you should know why implants are the most advantageous option for your dental malady. 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, leaving more of your own teeth untouched. And unlike dentures, implants are secure, so you can go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

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

This Is Clearly the Answer | Riverside Dentist

When we have a flawed smile, it tends to become an issue in various ways. For some, it causes speech or issues when eating, for others it can just cause us to be self-conscious, which can hinder the social aspects of our lives. It is at this time we seek the help of our dental professional. In many cases, your smile can be fixed with braces.

The problem is traditional braces are made of metal. And depending on your age, if can be rather embarrassing. Metal braces are bulky and can break or become damaged if you aren’t careful. If you play sports, you can knock out a bracket. If you eat something too sticky or too hard, it can also lead to broken brackets and wires. The good thing is, we now have an alternative option – ClearCorrect invisible braces.

ClearCorrect Invisible Braces are unlike any traditional methods to straighten teeth. With ClearCorrect, patients do not have to endure the embarrassing look of metal brackets or wires because the metal appliances have been replaced with customized, clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. These aligners will gradually shift your teeth to create the smile you’ve been hoping for. As time goes by, your aligners are swapped out and replaced with the next set of aligners. There are a few rules to wearing them, but diet restrictions and other issues traditional braces are no longer an issue.

The best part is, if you are an adult, these clear aligners are straightening your smile in the most discrete way possible, making them perfect for the workplace or even at home. Call Dr. Middleton today to determine if you are a good candidate for ClearCorrect invisible braces.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

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

How the Electrostatic Disinfecting Fogger Protects our Riverside Dental Office

In our previous article, we covered the main devices that we use to keep our office safe during the current pandemic. Now, we want to dive deeper into the electrostatic disinfecting fogger and why it is vital for office cleanliness. 

Here is how the electrostatic disinfecting fogger helps keep our office safe for you and our team during this unprecedented crisis.

The effectiveness of fogging over other cleaning methods

First off, what exactly is fogging? And why do they work so well at fighting bacteria in an office setting?

Foggers are great because they spread disinfectant into hard-to-reach areas that other cleaning devices simply can’t reach. They work by depositing tiny droplets on surfaces throughout the office, easily reaching areas that simple spray and wipe methods miss. Not to mention a massive reduction on cleaning time!

Mist from our fogger works in a similar way as disinfectant sprays in that they trap viruses and bacteria in the air and kill them. However, the difference is that it stays in the air for a much longer time, and can even wrap around objects. 

In contrast, your typical sprayer needs to physically move around objects in order to disinfect them completely.

Simply put, the fogger is the best way to completely disinfect an office. But that’s only half the equation. Electrostatic disinfecting supercharges our disinfecting material giving it a further edge in combatting the virus.

What is electrostatic disinfecting?

Equally important is what we’re putting in our foggers to disinfect our office. 

This isn’t your ordinary disinfectant that you would use around your house. Our supercharged liquid stops COVID-19 in its tracks and is a crucial part of keeping our office safe and sanitized.

But what is this supercharged cleaning agent, you may ask?

All of our foggers use the highly effective disinfecting agent known as hypochlorous acid (HOCI), or electrolyzed water. It’s been proven to be highly efficient at eliminating all kinds of viruses and, don’t worry, it’s completely safe too.

In fact, this technology has been utilized in the agriculture, automotive, and tanning industries for over 60 years. It’s only recently been applied to surface disinfection – just in time to help offices in their fight against COVID-19.

But what’s the big deal about this electrolyzed water? What gives it the advantage over other disinfecting substances?

Spray utilizing this electrolyzed water works applies a 3D wrapping effect to any surface that it touches. The positively charged particles in the spray are able to completely wrap around the entire surface, giving it complete coverage.

Even better, the positively-charged droplets actively avoid one another, seeking out untouched areas. This also avoids that annoying pooling of liquid that comes with ordinary cleaning material. Once sprayed by our fogger, this water effectively cleans out an entire room, coating every surface – even those that manual cleaning may miss. 

Essentially, the disinfectant completely protects all surfaces in our office even if it doesn’t physically touch them. 

But how effective is it? 

While no disinfectant completely eliminates bacteria, electrostatic disinfectant has been found to kill 99.9% of bacteria in just four minutes. 

Due to its ability to reach virtually every surface in a room – and kill everything there – the electrostatic disinfecting fogger is one of the best means to combat COVID-19.

We are taking these measures in our office to ensure you’re safe and sound

Our electrostatic disinfecting fogger is an invaluable component in our fight against COVID-19. As a result, we make sure to use it multiple times a day. In particular, we use it after every dental procedure that involves aerosols. 

As previously mentioned, this spray is safe and patients and staff can enter the room immediately after the product is applied. You won’t even notice that it’s there, working silently in the background to sanitize and protect us.

At our Riverside dental office, we’re completely committed to keeping you as safe as possible. Rest assured that we’ll take any measure possible to get through this crisis.

To set up an appointment, call Dr. Middleton’s office in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or through the website

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