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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.

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.

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