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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
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.