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By Superstition Mountain Dental
May 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsMost people have at some point wished for a magic wand that could solve dental problems with a simple wave. No waiting rooms, no frantic schedule juggling to fit in the one or more appointments that might be necessary to fix or replace damaged or missing teeth. While no such magic wand exists (sorry), CEREC same day crowns might be the next best thing. Thanks to modern digital technology, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, the dentists at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, can repair your smile in as little as a single visit to the office.

CEREC Same Day Crowns in Gold Canyon, AZ

CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) crowns are a quick and affordable option for fixing some of the most common cosmetic dental problems - cracks, chips, small gaps, and permanent stains and discolorations that can't be treated with surface teeth whitening treatments. Because CEREC crowns are designed using a digital image of your teeth to create the mold for the ceramic crown using a computer program called CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing), the dentist can design and manufacture the crown on site while you wait.

The CEREC Advantage

One of the biggest benefits of CEREC is right there in the name - same day crowns. For many busy adults, making the time to get to the dentist for one, let alone multiple appointments can feel close to impossible. Unlike other dental restorations that require fabrication at an outside lab and more than one appointment, you can walk out of the office with your ceramic CEREC crowns in a single visit.

Find a Dentist in Gold Canyon, AZ

For more information about CEREC same day crowns and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, contact Superstition Mountain Dental by calling (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovell or Dr. Scheerhorn today.

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
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
July 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

If you have a weakened tooth, your dentist may suggest a dental crown. This restorative dental procedure is beneficial in more ways dental crownsthan one. But how do you know if you need a dental crown? Learn more about when dental crowns are necessary with help from Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ.

What is a dental crown? 
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which fits onto a tooth. Crowns restore the shape or size of a tooth. They also protect a compromised or weakened tooth. When cemented into place on top of the tooth, the dental crown lies on top of the gum line. Since it is visible, the dental laboratory which creates the crown takes special care to color-match it to your natural teeth, ensuring it fits into your smile flawlessly.

When is a dental crown necessary? 
Dental crowns have many uses and can fall under both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Uses for dental crowns include:

  • protecting a tooth with a large filling
  • stabilizing a tooth after root canal therapy
  • covering a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth
  • improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • strengthening a weakened tooth

Your dentist can help you determine if your tooth requires a dental crown.

Dental Crowns in Gold Canyon 
The procedure for a dental crown begins with your dentist numbing the area of the tooth with local anesthesia. With the mouth numbed, your dentist must prepare the tooth to receive the crown. This involves removing small amounts of enamel from the sides and top of the tooth. This gives the tooth the same shape as the inside of the crown, ensuring a secure bond. A mold of the mouth sent to a dental laboratory gives the laboratory technicians a basis on which to design your crown. This process takes several weeks. In the meantime, a temporary crown protects your prepared tooth until your next appointment. When the crown returns to your dentist’s office, your dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the final restoration into place.

For more information on dental crowns or when they are necessary, please contact Dr. Lovell and Dr. Scheerhorn at Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ. Call (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment today!