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By Superstition Mountain Dental
May 28, 2020
Category: Dental Treatments
Tags: veneers  

Follow these useful tips for keeping your new restorations clean and beautiful.

Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, we want our patients to have beautiful smiles that they can enjoy for years to come. In order to maintain healthy, beautiful veneers, here are some tips for how to keep them looking and feeling their best,

Brush and Floss Just as You Normally Would

When it comes to your dental hygiene you can treat your veneers just like you would natural teeth, which means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Even though a veneer cannot develop decay, this doesn’t mean that the natural tooth under it cannot. Therefore, it’s even more important that you practice good oral hygiene. This may also be the time to consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush to make sure that you are giving your teeth and gums a meticulous cleaning each and every time.

Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush

It’s also important that you are using the proper dental tools to keep your smile healthy. This includes using fluoride toothpaste, which will promote strong, healthy enamel, and also using a soft-bristled toothbrush. While you may believe that a toothbrush with hard bristles provides a tougher clean, these toothbrushes can actually wear away your veneers and damage the polish. You will also want to avoid certain toothpaste with abrasive ingredients that could scratch your new restorations. If you aren’t sure which products are safe to use on your veneers, ask our Gold Canyon, AZ, cosmetic dentists first.

Ditch Nail Biting (and Other Bad Habits)

If you are someone who bites their nails or often uses their teeth as tools, these are two habits you will want to avoid doing if you want to keep your veneers safe and healthy. While veneers are made from porcelain, an extremely durable material, it is still possible to pull the veneers off or chip them when chewing ice, biting your nails or using your teeth to pop off a bottle cap.

Limit Dark Foods and Drinks

Another benefit to veneers is that porcelain is a stain-resistant material; however, the adhesive that holds the veneers to your teeth is not. Therefore, you will still want to avoid dark food and drinks such as red wine, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, and mustard if you want to maintain a beautiful smile. If you do consume any of these offending foods or drinks, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after.

Have questions about how to care for your dental veneers? Interested in receiving veneers? If so, call Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, today at (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment.

It doesn’t matter what caused your tooth loss, the important thing is to talk to your dentist so you can work together and figure out a solution that will suit your needs best. When it comes to tooth loss, it is not advisable to simply do nothing. Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matt Scheerhorn uses dentures, dental implants, and bridges to help patients rebuild their smiles.

Dental Implants

These artificial tooth replacements are inserted into your jawbone. They’re a great replacement option if you are missing one or more teeth. They provide benefits like:

  • Durability and permanency
  • Minimal dental maintenance for easier oral hygiene
  • Natural look and comfortable feel in your mouth
  • Prevents jawbone loss
  • No modification of adjacent teeth
  • Cost-effective because of its long lifespan

Implant-Supported Dentures

With implant-supported dentures, your dentist in Gold Canyon, AZ, will surgically insert two implants at the front of the arch where your front teeth previously were. Two more implants will be placed on either side at a 45-degree angle towards the back of the mouth. The overdenture can then be clipped to the dental implants using specialized attachments. Implant-supported dentures offer benefits such as:

  • Affordability
  • Stronger and more stable than traditional dentures
  • Feels less bulky because it doesn’t have a palate
  • Removable for easier cleaning

The Fixed Bridge

An implant-supported fixed bridge restores multiple missing teeth and even a complete arch of teeth. Your dentist has the option of either cementing or screwing it into place. The number of implants would be dependent on the type of implant used and the number of missing teeth. It offers:

  • A natural look and feel
  • Low cost
  • No grinding down of healthy teeth

Removable Dentures

These can be partial or complete and can replace one or multiple missing teeth. A gum-colored acrylic base is used to attach the denture teeth. This teeth replacement option is non-invasive and low-cost and carries these additional benefits:

  • Fill in gaps between teeth
  • Improved speech and more comfortable eating
  • Relatively quick and non-invasive
  • Proper support for the lips and cheeks
  • Restores facial dimensions
  • Can be adjusted to support the changing shape of your jawbone

The Resin-Bonded Bridge

Commonly referred to as a Rochette bridge, this is a good replacement option if you are missing your front teeth. It is, however, quite fragile and not capable of withstanding the forces created by chewing. The supporting teeth should be strong and healthy for this option to be successful. Despite not being as functional as dental implants, it has the benefits of:

  • Being cheaper and a less invasive option for teeth replacement
  • Restoring your ability to eat and speak well
  • Delivering the right amount of support for the lips
  • Keeping your remaining teeth from moving out of place

Need More In-Depth Information on Teeth Replacement Options? Give Us a Call

Whether you need implants, a bridge, or dentures, Dr. Jonathan Lovell or Dr. Matt Scheerhorn can help you determine the option that will work best for you. Call (480) 671-7777 to set your appointment here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, now.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
March 25, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Properly fitted and meticulously crafted dentures offer an array of benefits, which include a boost in your self-esteem and an improvement in speech and chewing. Other benefits include keeping your other teeth in their proper positions and stop facial skin from drooping. Here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, our dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Mathew Scheerhorn, use dentures to restore lost teeth while keeping your mouth healthy.

Dentures, also called false teeth, are among the most widely used teeth restoration options for missing teeth. They are usually made of metal, nylon, or acrylic and are used for replacing one or multiple teeth. Fabricated properly, they fit over your gums comfortably. Dentures also come in different types, including the following:

Partial Dentures

When the natural teeth surrounding a missing tooth aren't very strong, they can't support tooth replacement options like dental bridges. This isn't the case with partial dentures. They’re utilized for replacing one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures are fitted to the exact gum line area that they will rest. They are then fastened to the adjacent teeth to keep the dentures in place. Partial dentures aren't fastened permanently. This means that you can remove them for sleeping and cleaning.

Complete Dentures

Also called full dentures, these replace all of your natural teeth. They are fitted for the bottom and top gum line, kept in place using suction and dental adhesive. They’re also detachable like partial dentures.

Overdentures and Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are fabricated in advance before extracting the teeth and fitted right after the procedure. Your dentist in Gold Canyon, AZ, will decide how long you’ll wear them before fitting you with your actual dentures. Overdentures, on the other hand, is utilized if you can’t wear traditional dentures or if you don’t have enough natural teeth left. These are fitted over your natural teeth’s roots and rest either on the roots or on implants.

Dental Implant-Supported Dentures

These dentures are anchored and supported by dental implants. Implants are permanent fixtures that are directly anchored into the jawbone and are utilized for restoring one, multiple, or all teeth.

To Learn More About Dentures, Call Us

Arrange your appointment with Dr. Jonathan Lovell or Dr. Mathew Scheerhorn here at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, by dialing (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
February 19, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

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

By Superstition Mountain Dental
November 19, 2019
Category: Dental
Tags: CEREC Restorations  

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.

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