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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
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
November 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Cover a variety of cosmetic imperfections and improve your smile with veneers. You can easily correct chipped, stained, misshaped or veneersdiscolored teeth with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin covers placed on the front of problem teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections. Veneers are color matched to your existing teeth so they blend right in. Once installed, they look and function like natural teeth. At Superstition Mountain Dental, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn are your experienced dentists for installation of veneers in Gold Canyon, AZ.

Installation of Veneers

Veneers are commonly made from porcelain, which closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. However, veneers can also be made from other materials, such as resin or metal. No matter type of material is used, veneers are always wafer-thin and custom made specifically for you for the best fit. The color of your veneers is also color-matched to your surrounding teeth so they blend in seamlessly.

When installing veneers, a thin layer of enamel is first shaved off the front surface of the problem tooth so it lays flat and does not protrude out past the surrounding teeth. Then, a dental adhesive is used to apply the veneer to the front of the tooth. The dental adhesive holds the veneer permanently in place so there is little risk of it falling off.

Benefits of Veneers

There are multiple benefits associated with veneers. For instance, veneers can conceal several different types of cosmetic imperfections on teeth. In Gold Canyon, veneers are available at Superstition Mountain Dental where the dentists can help you decide if veneers are the right option for you. Veneers offer several benefits:

  • Cover up cracks in teeth
  • Conceal stains or discolorations
  • Repair chipped teeth
  • Correct odd or misshaped teeth
  • Smooth out uneven surfaces
  • Close gaps and correcting uneven spacing
  • Permanent installation
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Color-matched to your surrounding teeth

If you have such cosmetic imperfections as chips, cracks or stains on your teeth, you can improve your smile with veneers. For veneers in Gold Canyon, AZ, schedule an appointment with either Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn by calling Superstition Mountain Dental at (480) 671-7777.

By Superstition Mountain Dental
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Find out the many ways dental veneers could give you your dream smile.

It’s amazing how little cracks and flaws in your smile could make you feel less than amazing about your appearance. If you find that you veneershide your smile from those around you, isn’t it time you got rid of your embarrassment and felt confident showing off your smile? Our Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, are here to tell you about dental veneers and how they easily transform smiles.

These thin slivers of tooth-colored material (typically porcelain) are bonded with a special dental resin to the front of your teeth to give your smile an instant makeover. Right here in Gold Canyon, we can create individually crafted veneers to improve the look of your smile in just a couple of visits.

Veneers are made special for each patient, and each one is designed to mimic the appearance and translucency of your teeth so that no one will even know that you are wearing veneers. This has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options in Gold Canyon for hiding dental imperfections.

There are many ways that teeth can become dull or damaged. Taking certain medications, smoking cigarettes or even direct trauma to a tooth can lead to internal discolorations that even professional teeth whitening won’t be able to treat; however, dental veneers can easily cover up these stains and more. Dental veneers are a great option if you are looking to hide these flaws:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Unevenly spaced teeth (gapping, crooked or overcrowding)
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are too small
  • Teeth that are uneven or worn down

Before your porcelain veneers are applied, a very small amount of enamel is painlessly removed from the front of your teeth. This preparation in one of the first steps to getting veneers and enamel removal is very minimal compared to other options like dental crowns. Most of the time this can even be completed without anesthesia.

Then we will take impressions of your smile and send them to a special lab where they will make your veneers. It can take up to a week or more to get your new restorations back. Once they are complete, we will bond them to the front of your teeth to give you a completely new smile.

Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ is here to make sure you get the cosmetic dentistry you’ve been looking for to improve your smile for life. Call us today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental veneers.