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By Superstition Mountain Dental
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsGive 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.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
January 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants do more than just replace missing teeth. They also help to maintain your oral and general health by preserving the bone tissue in the gums, which begin to erode as soon as a tooth is removed. Although this may not seem like a prominent concern (no one sees what's going on behind your gums when you smile, after all), bone loss is actually one of the biggest side effects of tooth loss as well as a risk factor for periodontal (gum) disease. Implants are like a second chance at a healthy and whole smile and are the only dental restoration that replaces both the root and the crown of a missing tooth. The dentists at Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, offer dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments in Gold Canyon, AZ.


Invest in a Brand New Smile with Dental Implants in Gold Canyon, AZ

On the surface, tooth loss is an embarrassing problem that can affect everything from your career and the quality of your relationships to your overall quality of life. Whether you have lost just one or all of your natural teeth, implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth.

After a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, the first stage of the procedure involves surgically placing a small titanium screw in the socket of the missing tooth to replace the root. If you are getting implants to support a set of dentures, only a few implants will be necessary to anchor the dentures in the jaw.

Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums through a process known as osseointegration. Not only does this help to secure the implant in place, but it also helps to prevent bone loss and encourage the growth of healthy new bone tissue. When the implant has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration. In order to qualify for implants, you must be an adult in good health and you must be willing to commit to maintaining rigorous oral hygiene and follow up dental treatment. You must also have sufficient bone density in the gums to support an implant. With proper care, implants have a very high success rate and offer long term relief from tooth loss and its many side effects to your health and self-esteem.


Find a Dentist in Gold Canyon, AZ

There have never been more opportunities to replace missing teeth and invest in a healthier, more attractive smile. For more information about dental implants and to find out if they are the right restoration treatment for you, contact Superstition Mountain Dental by calling (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn today.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers can renew your smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front of the teeth. Veneers are ideal for hiding dental flaws. Superstition Mountain Dental, which is located in Gold Canyon, AZ, offers veneers to their patients. Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn are some of the top dentists in Gold Canyon, AZ. Read on to find out how veneers can renew your smile. 

Fix Gapped Teeth

A diastema is an empty space between the teeth. Gaps can form anywhere in the mouth. This condition affects kids and adults. it is possible to fix gaps between teeth through the use of dental veneers. Dental veneers fit over the surface of your teeth to create an evenly-spaced smile. 

Restore Chipped Teeth

For some people, having a chipped tooth can affects their self-confidence. If you have chipped teeth, dental veneers can cover and strengthen them, restoring their appearance and function. A dental veneer covers the front part of your tooth with a thicker section to replace the chipped part of the tooth. 

Strengthen Teeth

Dental veneers made from a durable, porcelain material. These shells can strengthen and protect your weakened teeth from further damage. Dental veneers provide strength comparable to tooth enamel. Although porcelain veneers are thin, they become very strong once they are bonded to the teeth. 

Whiten Your Smile

Dental veneers can give you a beautiful white smile. Now that's something to smile about. That's why it's such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure among Hollywood stars. These ceramic shells are bonded to the teeth changing their color. Dental veneers resist stains remarkably well because unlike enamel, porcelain isn't porous.

Ready for a smile makeover? Call Superstition Mountain Dental at 480-671-7777 today to schedule a dental consultation in Gold Canyon, AZ. Porcelain veneers have helped millions of people renew their smiles, boost their self-confidence, and enhance their lives. And they can do the same for you.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

CEREC Dental CrownsAt Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn work hard to restore heavily damaged teeth. If you have lost a large amount of tooth structure due to decay, multiple fillings, or injury, you may be a candidate for a dental crown. Crafted from high-quality porcelain in one visit to Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, a CEREC crown will cover that injured tooth and make it look brand-new.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration which replaces damaged dental structure above the gum line. When your dentist covers your tooth with a crown, your tooth will look and function as if it were never:

  • Decayed
  • Cracked
  • Chipped
  • Abscessed
  • Poorly shaped

Also, crowns restore dental implants, strengthen and beautify teeth treated with root canal therapy, and anchor fixed bridgework to neighboring natural teeth, says the American Dental Association. All in all, a crown is one of modern dentistry's most reliable and versatile restorations.

Placing a dental crown

In his Gold Canyon office, your dentist will evaluate your tooth for the crown process. Simple visual inspection and digital X-rays tell Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn if your tooth is healthy enough for a crown and if the supporting gums and jaw bone are viable. If they are, the doctor can proceed with the restoration.

At Superstition Mountain Dental, your dentist uses an innovative process to craft your crown. It's called CEREC, and it all happens in a single, one- to two-hour visit.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Unlike traditional processes, CEREC treatments use CAD/CAM software to design and mill the crown. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing make the crown in about 15 to 20 minutes right in the treatment room.

The dentist uses digital impressions and other instructions to tell the chairside apparatus how to shape and color the crown. Typically, these crowns look natural and fit perfectly right out of the CEREC machine. The doctor simply bonds them onto the prepared teeth.

Benefits of CEREC crowns

Chairside restorations mean:

  • No sticky impressions
  • No wait times for crowns to return from the lab
  • A single in-and-out dental appointment
  • A crown which usually lasts for years

Consult with us

As a patient at Superstition Mountain Dental, you know how skilled and compassionate our dental team is. Your dentist offers the best treatment plan geared to your immediate needs, cosmetic goals, and long-term health.

Why not call the office today to arrange a CEREC crown consultation in Gold Canyon, AZ? Restore that damaged tooth, and enjoy a complete smile. Phone (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
July 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

DenturesFind out which kind of dentures will best be able to handle your tooth loss.

We know how frustrating it can be to find out that a tooth has to be extracted. Tooth loss is never something anyone plans for, especially in adulthood; however, it happens more often than you might think. In fact, countless adults deal with significant tooth loss. We know how scary and upsetting it can be to have to figure out what to do next, but our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, are here to tell you how dentures might be about to help.

What are dentures?

Most people know what dentures are. After all, this oral prosthetic has been around for quite some time. Of course, dentures have gotten quite a makeover through the years, using more durable, comfortable, and realistic materials to provide you with an appliance that will not just replace missing teeth but feel comfortable and look good, too.

What are the different kinds of dentures?

No matter whether you are missing some or all of your teeth, dentures can help you restore your smile. The two main types of dentures are complete dentures and partial dentures. Just as the name suggests, full dentures are designed to replace all of your missing teeth while partial dentures are meant for those who are only missing a few teeth.

Along with partial and complete dentures, there are also immediate dentures (temporary dentures that can be placed immediately following a tooth extraction) and implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are a great option for patients who may be dissatisfied with their current dentures and how they fit, or just want a smile that won’t shift or move around. Implants can be placed within the jawbone where they will provide a strong and permanent foundation from which to support your oral prosthetic.

How long does it take to get dentures?

It usually takes about five different visits to see our Gold Canyon general dentist. This includes the consultation, taking impressions of your teeth, waiting for the dental lab to create your dentures and then coming in for a final fitting. It’s important to understand that there is an adjustment period when it comes to wearing dentures. It will take time to get used to it (at least a few weeks) and to ease into speaking and eating with your new smile.

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss and think dentures might be the right option for you, call Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, today to schedule a no-risk consultation with us.