Not All Dental Fillings Are the Same | Riverside Dentist

Back in the day, when we got a cavity, we expected to receive a little silver filling to remedy the situation. Wouldn’t big a huge issue for those cavities that resided in the back with the molars, but if it was one of the teeth people noticed when we spoke, it became a cause of embarrassment. Thankfully, dental technology has remedied that situation and we now have options.

Now, please keep in mind that the options vary depending on the patient’s health, where and how the filling is placed, the amount of chewing pressure the tooth will have to bear, components of the filling material and the number of visits needed to prepare and accommodate the tooth. But these choices include amalgam, composite and ionomers. Let’s us explain…

Amalgam fillings are what you know as traditional. They’re very durable, easy to use, and inexpensive when compared to other materials. Since amalgam fillings can sustain very heavy chewing loads, they are usually used to restore molars.

Composite fillings are made out of glass or quartz and resin, when mixed produces a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings are durable and provide good resistance against fracture in small to medium restorations where there is moderate chewing pressure. Because less tooth structure is removed when using a composite, a smaller filling can be used.

Ionomers, on the other hand, are made out of a mixture of acrylic acids and fine glass powders. And they are usually utilized to fill cavities on the root surfaces of teeth or in small fillings that do not require any chewing resistance since they have low protection against fractures.

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.

A Straight Smile Is on the Horizon | Dentist in Riverside

If you find that you are self-conscious of your less-than-ideal smile, you are not alone. In fact, most adults have some issue with their smile that prevents them from showing it off. Sadly, many will tell you that wearing traditional braces as an adult is almost as embarrassing as having the crooked smile. So, what are the choices? Is there no way a typical adult can straighten their teeth without anyone knowing? A few decades ago, the answer was no. But, these days, it doesn’t have to be this way. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. You’ve heard it right – whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign may be right for you.

Upon an initial examination, you will find out if Invisalign is right for you. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for the Invisalign treatment. We will then write a treatment plan and take an impression of your teeth. Once that is complete, thanks to the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign carefully translates the dentist’s instructions into a series of precisely customized aligners. Step by step, these clear aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired. It’s just that simple.

So, if you’re ready to take that next step towards the straight smile you’ve always hoped for, make an appointment to see your dental professional for a consultation. Even if you aren’t eligible for the Invisalign system, there are plenty of ways to get your ideal smile.

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.