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By Superstition Mountain Dental
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if dentures are exactly what you’ve been looking for to replace your missing teeth.dentures

We know that when it comes to your smile you only want the very best, so it can be challenging to decide what tooth replacement to choose that will help you get your smile back. We know this is a big decision so our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, are here to help you learn more about dentures and how they work to see if they are a right fit for you.

Simply put, dentures are oral appliances that are designed to take the place of your missing teeth. Whether you have lost multiple teeth or all of your teeth, dentures are able to give you back the smile you lost. Depending on the type of dentures you receive, the dentures may be supported and held in place by the jawbone and gum tissue, which other dentures may use attachments or clasps to hold on to neighboring teeth for support.

While dentures can be a great option for a lot of people dealing with tooth loss they aren’t right for everyone. For one, this restoration is really a great option for those who are dealing with significant tooth loss. If you are only missing a single tooth you may want to consider getting dental implants or a dental bridge from our Gold Canyon cosmetic dentist instead.

Patients who are right for dentures will also need to have healthy jawbones and gum tissue. Those who have left their tooth loss go untreated for many years will have both bone loss and gum tissue deterioration. If the loss is severe enough, the jawbone might not be able to support your new set of teeth.

Again, the type of dentures you receive from us will really depend on the extent of your tooth loss. If you have complete tooth loss then you’ll benefit from full dentures. Those with some healthy remaining teeth will receive partial dentures.

Of course, dentures can also be held in place by dental implants, and patients who need to have their teeth extracted can get immediate dentures the same day as the extraction to make sure they have teeth right away while their mouth is given time to heal.

Dentures that use attachments or clasps to stay in place may be more reliable and durable than full dentures, which rely on natural suction to the gum tissue to stay put. We know that dentures can never really take the place of your teeth, but they can be a great alternative when you are dealing with significant tooth loss.

Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, is here to provide you with the quality dental care you need. Whether you are considering your tooth loss treatment options or just need to schedule a routine cleaning, we are here for your smiles.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Cover a variety of cosmetic imperfections and improve your smile with veneers. You can easily correct chipped, stained, misshaped or veneersdiscolored teeth with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin covers placed on the front of problem teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections. Veneers are color matched to your existing teeth so they blend right in. Once installed, they look and function like natural teeth. At Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn are your experienced dentists for installation of veneers in Gold Canyon, AZ.

Installation of Veneers

Veneers are commonly made from porcelain, which closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. However, veneers can also be made from other materials, such as resin or metal. No matter type of material is used, veneers are always wafer-thin and custom made specifically for you for the best fit. The color of your veneers is also color-matched to your surrounding teeth so they blend in seamlessly.

When installing veneers, a thin layer of enamel is first shaved off the front surface of the problem tooth so it lays flat and does not protrude out past the surrounding teeth. Then, a dental adhesive is used to apply the veneer to the front of the tooth. The dental adhesive holds the veneer permanently in place so there is little risk of it falling off.

Benefits of Veneers

There are multiple benefits associated with veneers. For instance, veneers can conceal several different types of cosmetic imperfections on teeth. In Gold Canyon, veneers are available at Superstition Mountain Dental where the dentists can help you decide if veneers are the right option for you. Veneers offer several benefits:

  • Cover up cracks in teeth
  • Conceal stains or discolorations
  • Repair chipped teeth
  • Correct odd or misshaped teeth
  • Smooth out uneven surfaces
  • Close gaps and correcting uneven spacing
  • Permanent installation
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Color-matched to your surrounding teeth

If you have such cosmetic imperfections as chips, cracks or stains on your teeth, you can improve your smile with veneers. For veneers in Gold Canyon, AZ, schedule an appointment with either Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn by calling Superstition Mountain Dental at (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about these popular dental restorations and how they may be able to help your smile.restorative dentistry

How much do you know about dentistry and what you need to keep your smile healthy? Not everyone knows what’s best for their smile, but guess who does? Our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, can help you if you’re dealing with damaged or missing teeth.


Who says dentures can’t give you back a healthy smile? In fact, this is one of the simplest and easiest approaches to replacing your teeth, particularly if you are dealing with total tooth loss. If you are someone who doesn’t want to undergo surgery to get a replacement tooth or you are on a budget, dentures can help restore your smile quickly and efficiently without all the fuss.

Dental Crowns

While crowns have been around for a long time, we can’t ignore the fact that they are pretty amazing. After all, they offer a variety of benefits for both the look and health of a smile. Our Gold Canyon general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown if:

  • You have a damaged or weak tooth
  • You have to undergo root canal treatment
  • You have a malformed, discolored or cosmetically flawed tooth
  • You are getting a dental bridge (crowns are placed to help support these false teeth)
  • You are getting a dental implant

Dental Implants

If you are dealing with tooth loss and don’t want to go the denture route, we also offer other amazing ways to replace your teeth. So many people are turning to dental implants to get their smiles back, and you can too. Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth and even function in much the same way to provide you with a restoration that could last you the rest of your life.

Of course, in order to get implants you have to be healthy enough for treatment. You’ll also have to undergo a couple minor surgeries and may have to wait up to one year to complete your restoration; however, our patients will tell you that it’s well worth all the time and money in the end.

Do you have questions about dental restorations? Need to schedule your next checkup? Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, is here to provide your smile with the care it needs. Call us today!

By Superstition Mountain Dental
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Root canal therapy is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhornroot canal Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, offer comfortable, efficient root canal treatments. They offer patients the latest in endodontic treatments. Here are five signs you may need a root canal. 

1- A Toothache- The most common symptom that may indicate the need for root canal therapy is a toothache. Its level may range from mild to severe. The pain may affect your ability to enjoy a full night's sleep. Root canal treatment will alleviate your tooth pain and improve your well-being.

2- Hot/Cold Sensitivity- Some people are naturally sensitive to hot and cold beverages and foods. However, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold beverages and foods may be a sign of tooth pulp damage. Nerve damage causes tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.

3- Bump on the Gum- A pimple-like bump that forms on the gum is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. This pimple-like bump will often go away and then come back. Contact your Gold Canyon dentist if you notice a small pimple-like bump on your gum.

4- Tooth Discoloration- Tooth discoloration is common, particularly in those who use tobacco and drink coffee. However, one severely discolored tooth may be a sign that root canal therapy is needed.

5- Swollen Gums- Gum inflammation is a sign that nerve damage is present. Gum inflammation can indicate decay within a tooth, which has spread into the gum via the root of the tooth. The swelling will not subside until you have root canal therapy. Root canal therapy will return your tooth to full function.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Superstition Mountain Dental at 480-671-7777 right now to schedule an appointment in Gold Canyon, AZ. We can provide all the relief you need. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

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.

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