Although you may not often consider it, beneath your teeth is an intricate system of roots and canals that contains a myriad of connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. Keeping all of these parts in tiptop shape is a crucial part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. After all, much how like your tooth can be damaged, your root canals can likewise become damaged and require root canal treatment.
Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, your dentists, Drs. Jonathan Lovell and Matthew Scheerhorn, use a combination of crowns and root canal therapy to save your smile when issues arise.
What to Expect During a Root Canal
Depending on how deep the root canal infection extends, your dentist might recommend either a pulpectomy or apicoectomy. With a pulpectomy, you’ll be given antibiotics first to help minimize the infection and ease pain before the actual procedure. On the other hand, your dentist might suggest an apicoectomy if the infection has spread beyond your root tip to remove the infected root tip and clear the infection.
So what happens during a root canal? In a nutshell, the infected root canal will be thoroughly cleaned and then sealed afterward to avoid future infections from setting into your pulp or nerve tissue. The last step will include further restoration procedures. During a consultation at our Gold Canyon office, we will discuss which specific restoration, whether crowns or crowns with posts, is best for you. Since teeth that require root canal treatments typically have extensive decay or huge filings, restorations are needed to restore their full function, protect them, and prevent breakage.
What Happens If I Don’t Undergo a Root Canal?
If you fail to get the infected pulp or nerve tissue treated, it will eventually break down and enable bacteria to cause an infection in your throat, jaw, face, or ear as well. This means that prompt treatment is necessary to avoid more complex and costly procedures.
What to Do If You Have an Infected Root Canal
If you suspect that you have an infected root canal, you should consult Dr. Jonathan Lovell or Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, ASAP. Dial (480) 671-7777 to schedule your consultation today
How CEREC crowns from your dentists in Gold Canyon, AZ, can enhance your smile
With CEREC dental restorations, you can have a completely new, beautiful smile almost immediately. This is because CEREC dental restorations are created right in-office, during your appointment. That's right—with CEREC dental crowns, you can achieve your new smile in just one appointment!
Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn offer CEREC restorations to enhance your smile—read on to learn why!
What CEREC Restorations Can Do For You
CEREC restorations use a revolutionary dental technology known as CAD/CAM (computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacture) that has completely changed the way dental restorations are made. Using a precise computer measurement and 3D imaging to create a template of your tooth, CAD/CAM crafts your unique restoration in a fraction of the time of traditional methods. Thanks to CEREC restorations, you will enjoy these important benefits:
- Naturally beautiful restorations, because they are made of high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light and looks just like natural tooth enamel.
- Precisely fitting restorations, because restorations are made using exact computer measurement and imaging, meaning that your restorations will be perfect, with no remakes necessary.
- Immediate results, because your restorations are made right in the office, eliminating the need for temporary crowns and waiting periods.
- Time savings, because you won't have to wait for your crown, veneers, inlay, or onlay restorations to come back from the dental laboratory.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Your new CEREC restorations will be both beautiful and comfortable thanks to the custom-crafting of CAD/CAM technology. To learn more about CEREC restorations and how they can enhance your smile, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn of Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, today by dialing (480) 671-7777.
Are you curious about dental implants? Would you like to be rid of your partial denture or span the gap left by last year's extraction? Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn offer dental implants and implant-supported prosthetics. Read on to learn how you can achieve a beautiful, stable smile with these amazing tooth replacements.
FAQs about dental implants from our Gold Canyon office
How does a dental implant differ from a single-tooth bridge? A dental implant from your Gold Canyon dentist is anchored right in the jawbone, just as a natural tooth root is. This in contrast to a conventional bridge, which is attached to adjoining teeth with porcelain crowns and only rests on top of the gums.
Do dental implants strengthen bone? Yes, they do. Dental implants improve jawbone quality every time you bite and chew. How does this happen? The titanium metal in each dental implant attracts bone cells in the jaw. Over time, the bone literally wraps around the rough surface of the implant. This active process is called osseointegration.
My dentist says the bone in my jaw is thin. Can I still receive an implant? Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn may be able to build up the bone with donor tissue. After it's fully healed, the implant treatment begins. Your dentist will examine your mouth and do special digital scans to determine if your bone structure and overall health are sufficient for dental implant placement.
I have my implant in place. How long will it be before I receive the post and porcelain crown? Although each case is different, osseointegration usually takes a few months to complete.
How will my implant last? Most last for 40 to 50 years, according to the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. However, just as natural teeth need good at-home and in-office care, so does your implant. Additionally, a tobacco-free lifestyle helps keep gums and bone around the implant healthy.
I have extensive tooth loss. Can dental implants help me? Implant-supported dentures have become more and more popular over the years. During this treatment, your dentist will insert two, four, or even six devices per arch depending on need.
Interested? Give us a call
Why not come in and learn how dental implants can help your personal appearance and oral function? Phone us for a consultation: (480) 671-7777.
Does your smile suffer from unsightly gaps? If so, dentures could replace your missing teeth and improve your quality of life! Made of prosthetic teeth, dentures are worn by those who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. Led by Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, offers state-of-the-art dentures to the various patients that they serve. In this article, we'll cover some of the fantastic benefits of undergoing denture treatment!
1. They can improve your appearance. The absence of teeth can ruin a great smile. Luckily, dentures can restore your smile, enhance your appearance, and boost your self-confidence. Designed to appear just like your natural teeth, dentures allow you to look as wonderful as you feel!
2. They're comfortable to wear. Today's dentures are not like the ones your grandmother wore. While they do still take some time to get used to, modern denture models are high in quality and more comfortable than ever. Dental professionals use the latest construction materials and techniques to create these perfectly-fitting restorations.
3. They can help you chew food. Many people take their teeth for granted—that is until something goes wrong, of course. Having absent teeth can affect your ability to chew and digest certain foods. With dentures, however, you can greatly boost your eating ability!
4. They can improve your speech. If you have missing teeth, you may find yourself mumbling or slurring certain words. With dentures, you can improve your clarity of speech and speak confidently once again!
Interested? Give us a call!
Dentures will do you a world of good! Don't delay—call Superstition Mountain Dental at (480) 671-7777 today to schedule a consultation at our Gold Canyon office. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care when you visit our practice!
Give your smile the crowning touch and protect your teeth from further damage with dental crowns.
It’s common for many people to experience damage to a tooth at some point during their lifetime. Perhaps you bit down on an unpopped kernel or you were knocked in the face while playing sports. There are endless scenarios in which teeth end up cracked, broken, or damaged in some way. Of course, if this happens, it’s time to visit our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, who might recommend getting a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?
Crowns have been around for a long time, so chances are pretty good that you already known what a crown is. But do you know what it actually does? This tooth-shaped restoration is completely hollow and it is designed to cover the visible part of the tooth that lies above the gumline. By encapsulating the tooth the crown becomes its new and stronger outer barrier to protect it from further damage.
Since no two teeth are ever the same, this will require our Gold Canyon, AZ, cosmetic dentists to take measurements of your mouth so that your crown offers the perfect and precise fit when placed over your tooth. A crown is also designed to mimic the color and shape of a real tooth so you won’t even be able to tell which tooth is sporting a dental crown.
When is a dental crown needed?
There are many instances in which a person could benefit from a dental crown. While crowns are usually used for restorative dental purposes they also offer cosmetic benefits as well. You may benefit from a dental crown if you are dealing with a:
- Cracked, fractured, or broken tooth
- Misshapen or malformed tooth
- Tooth that is severely discolored and resistant to teeth whitening
- Weak tooth
- Tooth that is severely decayed
- Tooth that can no longer be properly supported by a dental filling
In fact, crowns can also be used to help replace a missing tooth. If you decide that you want to get a dental implant to replace a single tooth then a crown will be placed over top of the restoration. If you decide to get a dental bridge to fill that gap in your smile, crowns will be placed on teeth surrounding the gap to support the false tooth in the middle.
If you want to learn more about dental crowns or the other restorative dentistry options that we offer here in Gold Canyon, AZ, then call Superstition Mountain Dental today to schedule a consultation with us.
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