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By Superstition Mountain Dental
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

There are several options for replacing missing teeth, such as dental bridges, dentures or dental implants. With the different choices dental implantsavailable, why choose dental implants? Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement because installation is permanent. They will not fall out or come loose. Additionally, they look and function just like natural teeth and have the potential to last a lifetime. At Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn are the dentists to go to for dental implants in Gold Canyon, AZ.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants replace missing teeth and their roots. There are three parts to a dental implant. The actual implant functions as the tooth root and is drilled into the jawbone to hold everything in place. An abutment is placed on top of the implant and will connect the crown, which is the replacement tooth, to the implant. Once the installation is complete, neither the implant nor the abutment will be visible, only the crown. The crown looks and functions like a natural tooth and will blend right in with the surrounding teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are many benefits to getting dental implants. In Gold Canyon, they can be conveniently installed by your regular dentist so there is no need to visit another doctor. Cosmetic benefits of dental implants include a full smile with no more gaps due to missing teeth. Plus, installation is permanent so there is no risk of the implants falling out, resulting in an embarrassing moment. Functional benefits include being able to bite and chew just like natural teeth, and improved speech as the implants help with proper tongue placement when speaking.

Choose dental implants to restore your smile, your speech, and normal tooth functioning without worrying about anything slipping out of place when eating or speaking. For dental implants in Gold Canyon, AZ, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn by calling Superstition Mountain Dental at (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
March 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don't want to wait two weeks for a crown? You don't have to when you choose CEREC same-day crowns. Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. dental crownsJonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, share several benefits of CEREC crowns.

Only one appointment

In the past, you needed to visit the dentist twice if you need a crown. During the first visit, your tooth was prepared and soft dental putty was used to create an impression of your teeth. Because the impression is sent to a dental laboratory that specializes in making crowns and other dental restorations, it took a little while until you can receive your new crown. In most cases, you would return in about two or three weeks for a second appointment, during which the newly created crown was placed.

CEREC crowns only require one appointment. During that appointment to Dr. Lovell and Dr. Scheerhorn's Gold Canyon office, they'll prepare your tooth, making it easier to slip your new crown over it. CEREC crowns also require impressions, but instead of messy dental putty, the doctors use a digital camera to create a virtual 3D model of your mouth.

No waiting

Thanks to innovative CEREC software, there's no longer any need to involve a lab when you need a crown. Your dentist designs your new crown while you wait, then sends the design to a special in-office machine that mills your ceramic or resin crown. Creation of the crown takes just one half-hour or less.

No temporary crowns

Temporary crowns protect teeth until permanent crowns are ready but these restorations do have a few drawbacks. You'll need to avoid biting into hard or very chewy foods to avoid damaging your crown. Sticky foods must also be avoided because they can pull off your temporary crown. Temporary crowns may also feel a little bulky in your mouth. When you opt for a CEREC crown, there's no need for a temporary crown.

CEREC crowns are the perfect option for busy people. If you're interested if learning if CEREC crowns are a good option for you, call Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, at (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
January 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you are missing just a few teeth or don’t have any natural teeth left, dentures are a simple way to replace those missing teeth. denturesDepending on how many teeth are missing, you’ll need either partial or complete dentures. Partial dentures are great for patients who are missing a few teeth but who still have some natural teeth they’d like to keep. Complete dentures are necessary for patients with no natural teeth. In Gold Canyon, AZ, dentures are available from Superstition Mountain Dental where they can help you decide if dentures are right for you.

Partial & Complete Dentures

Dentures are made by taking a mold or impression of the patient’s mouth and using it to create dentures that are custom fit to the patient. Dentures should always fit snugly along the gums for the best fit, which is why it is so important to custom create dentures to perfectly match each patient. Since dentures are removable, a special dental adhesive must be reapplied daily to secure them in place. Dentures should be removed and cleaned at the end of each day.

Partial dentures are right for you if you still have healthy teeth remaining anywhere in the mouth. The dentures will be made to fit around your existing teeth and fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. Partial dentures can be used along the top or bottom row of teeth, as needed. Some patients might have partial dentures for both the top and bottom rows of teeth. Partial dentures are usually removable. Although, in some cases, partial dentures can be permanently cemented in place by your Gold Canyon dentures dentist.

As previously indicated, patients are given complete dentures when they are missing all of their teeth along the top or bottom row. A dental adhesive is always needed to secure complete dentures in place every day. There is no option to permanently cement them in place, as is sometimes possible with partial dentures. Complete dentures are right for you if you need to replace all of the teeth along either the top or bottom row or both.

Whether you are missing all of your teeth or just a few, dentures might be right for you. Dentures can give you back a full set of functioning teeth. You can eat, speak and smile again with ease. For dentures in Gold Canyon, AZ, contact Superstition Mountain Dental by calling (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Find out the many ways dental veneers could give you your dream smile.

It’s amazing how little cracks and flaws in your smile could make you feel less than amazing about your appearance. If you find that you veneershide your smile from those around you, isn’t it time you got rid of your embarrassment and felt confident showing off your smile? Our Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, are here to tell you about dental veneers and how they easily transform smiles.

These thin slivers of tooth-colored material (typically porcelain) are bonded with a special dental resin to the front of your teeth to give your smile an instant makeover. Right here in Gold Canyon, we can create individually crafted veneers to improve the look of your smile in just a couple of visits.

Veneers are made special for each patient, and each one is designed to mimic the appearance and translucency of your teeth so that no one will even know that you are wearing veneers. This has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options in Gold Canyon for hiding dental imperfections.

There are many ways that teeth can become dull or damaged. Taking certain medications, smoking cigarettes or even direct trauma to a tooth can lead to internal discolorations that even professional teeth whitening won’t be able to treat; however, dental veneers can easily cover up these stains and more. Dental veneers are a great option if you are looking to hide these flaws:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Unevenly spaced teeth (gapping, crooked or overcrowding)
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are too small
  • Teeth that are uneven or worn down

Before your porcelain veneers are applied, a very small amount of enamel is painlessly removed from the front of your teeth. This preparation in one of the first steps to getting veneers and enamel removal is very minimal compared to other options like dental crowns. Most of the time this can even be completed without anesthesia.

Then we will take impressions of your smile and send them to a special lab where they will make your veneers. It can take up to a week or more to get your new restorations back. Once they are complete, we will bond them to the front of your teeth to give you a completely new smile.

Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ is here to make sure you get the cosmetic dentistry you’ve been looking for to improve your smile for life. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental veneers.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
September 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The loss of a tooth not only changes your appearance, but can also impact your oral health. Dental implants offer an excellent way todental implants restore your smile and keep it healthy. Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, your Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, explains several important benefits dental implants provide.

Implants replace your entire tooth

After you lost a tooth, the only replacement options used to be dentures or bridges. While both choices restore your smile, they only replace your tooth above your gums. A dental implant replaces your entire tooth, from the root to the crown. The implant itself is placed in a small hole your Gold Canyon dentist creates in your jawbone. Over the course of approximately three to six months, the implant bonds to the bone and becomes just as strong as your natural roots. When that process is complete, a crown is attached to the top of the implant.

Dental implants keep your jawbone strong

Your teeth roots exert pressure on your jawbone, providing the stimulation it needs to remain strong. When you lose a tooth, the section of the bone underneath begins to shrink and weaken. A receding jawbone can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging, particularly if you've lost several teeth. Dental implants exert pressure on your jawbone, just as your natural roots do, and prevent it from shrinking and weakening.

A dental implant can prevent oral hygiene problems

After a tooth is lost, nearby teeth begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth if you do nothing to replace your tooth. As these teeth move, they begin to overlap, creating the perfect place for plaque to grow. Since it's difficult for floss or toothbrush bristles to reach these areas, cavities are more likely. A dental implant prevents overlapping, makes oral hygiene much easier and reduces your cavity risk.

Implants make biting and chewing easier

It can be difficult to bite and chew food if you've lost one or more teeth. An implant restores your ability to bite and chew normally. In fact, your implant will feel very much like the tooth you lost.

Dental implants offer an excellent tooth replace option, whether you've lost one tooth or all of them. Call Dr. Lovell and Dr. Scheerhorn, your Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, at (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment and learn if you're a good candidate for dental implants.





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