Laser Dentistry Benefits | Riverside General Dentist

477787597A lot of people associate a trip to the dentist with the sound of the high-speed dental drill, but Dr. Middleton has another tool at his disposal: a dental laser. While not commonly associated with dental treatment, lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 1990’s for a variety of treatments.

Laser dentistry performed by Dr. Gerald Middleton can relieve and cure several conditions with added benefits. A laser is a device that focuses energy in to an intense beam of light energy. This burst of energy can be accurately aimed, and when it makes contact with the mouth, it can assist the dentist in a variety of ways. Fans of lasers and science fiction probably imagine lasers are great for cutting through tissue, and that remains true in dental lasers; the Periolase can be used to remove diseased or infected tissue around teeth quickly and safely. Similar to removing tissue, in some cases the laser can be used to reshape gum and bone tissue, and the heat from lasers are occasionally used to seal tissue to help promote healing. When using lasers instead of traditional tools, there are advantages that can make your office visit more pleasant.

Some of these advantages are:

-No need for anesthesia
-No high pitched drill noise
-Reduced recovery time

While using lasers is not suitable for all dental procedure therefore, make sure to call the office of Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951)688-3442 and he will be glad to discuss which treatment options are right for you.The dental laser has a number of advantages for both patient and dentist – the laser is quieter than the drill, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed experience. The bacteria-killing nature of the laser and its more precise use can lead to better results and shorter healing times.

When used by a trained dentist, such as Dr. Middleton, the dental laser is a fantastic technical advancement that both patients and dentist can appreciate.

 

If you would like more information on laser treatment, please 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.

All About Dental Implants | Riverside General Dentist

implant diagramWhy get a dental implant? Dental implants are the best long-term solution for missing teeth.  Some reasons to consider a dental implant as a tooth replacement are:

-Conserve your jawbone. With a bridge, your jawbone will eventually begin to deteriorate underneath the missing tooth. The longer you wait to get dental implants, the more likely it is that your jawbone may lack the integrity to get implants in the future without a dental bone graft.

-Stop your teeth from shifting.  When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin moving to fill in the space. This can cause a number of complications. Placing a dental implant will keep your teeth properly spaced and make it easy to keep them clean.

-Preserve your appearance.  When your jawbone deteriorates because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in. This can make you look years older. People with dentures often complain of having thin lips and sunken cheeks. Dental implant posts provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full.

What is a Dental implant?  A dental implant is complete tooth replacement. There are three components: the post, abutment, and restoration.  Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. The dental implant post looks like a screw. It is typically made of titanium and integrates into the jawbone like a tooth root. The abutment is attached to the post, and the restoration, or crown, is attached to the abutment.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! There are vast benefits with dental implants including, improved speech, easier eating, improved comfort and overall improved oral health. Dental implants are very durable and will last you many years and will give you a boost in self confidence!

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Gerald Middleton at (951) 688-3442 or visit our website: www.gmdental.com

Dr. Middleton welcomes patients from San Bernardino, Redlands and Lake Elsinore.

How Do I Pay for My Dental Treatment? | Riverside, CA

Because dental insurance doesn’t cover it all.

Sadly, even those with dental insurance can be left hanging. The fact of the matter is, many dental services aren’t covered by insurance. But there’s good news: CareCredit can help you get the healthy smile you’ve always wanted with special financing options, whether you have insurance or not.

So, when we recommend a procedure your wallet’s not quite ready for, or you want cosmetic dentistry to show off your pearly whites, you can get your dental care promptly with the healthcare credit card designed for your health, beauty and wellness needs. You can also use CareCredit for follow-up appointments or teeth whitening products. That kind of freedom will put a smile on your face.

For more information, 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.

Lety’s Story From Peru

My recent humanitarian mission to Peru was such an uplifting life changing experience for me. I would like to once again thank Dr. Middleton and the rest of my extended family here for all the support and encouragement that I received making this trip possible.

I had the opportunity to assist as a surgical scrub along side some amazing surgeons and surgical residents from Loma Linda Medical Center in Oral Facial reconstruction surgeries. I also had the unique opportunity to view an entire open heart surgery from start to finish. That reinforced the valuable message that “we must stay Heart Smart, always, not just in the month of February.”

Other highlights of my trip included our excursion to Cuzco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and my venture that I survived my hike up Wayna Picchu.

I am certainly looking forward to next year’s mission.

 

 

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 www.gmdental.com.

 

Smile Reconstruction – Riverside, CA

Sometimes severe dental problems require a full mouth reconstruction.  Many factors can contribute to this condition including decay, periodontal disease, wear or trauma.  Regardless of the cause, the goal is still the same: get the teeth, gums and bone healthy and provide an attractive beautiful smile.  When a full mouth reconstruction is needed, many options are available to consider.  There are so many ways to rebuild a smile.  It is important to discuss what is important to you about your new smile.

For more information on the processes involved in a full smile reconstruction, please visit our site.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Riverside CA – Smile Makeover

Cosmetic dentistry can have several different meanings. To some it may be as simple as whitening their teeth or just changing their silver fillings to white, tooth-colored ones. Others may be completely unhappy with their smile and wish to make dramatic changes. With the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry virtually anyone’s smile can be made to dazzle.

Dr Gerald Middleton in Riverside California provides state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Call today to schedule a consulation: (951) 688-3442

cosmetic-dentistryACTUAL PATIENT RECONSTRUCTION

This patient came in so nervous about dentistry he almost left before we ever saw him. He was very embarrassed about his smile. We did a combination of veneers, bleaching, crowns and bonding, and put in a tooth colored filling to replace the silver filling.