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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
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss ruin your smile. Dental implants might be what you are looking implants

While we know all the perils and frustrations that come with losing a permanent tooth, our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn also want to make sure that you get a dental restoration that will not just replace your missing tooth (or teeth) but also make you confident in your smile again. Find out more about dental implants and whether they are right for you.

Next Best Alternative to Natural Teeth

While maintaining healthy natural teeth is obviously the ideal scenario, if you end up needing to replace a missing tooth then you want a restoration that looks, feels, and even functions like a real tooth. The only restoration that truly does this is a dental implant.

They Boast Longevity

We know that when it comes to dental work you want your restoration to last as long as possible. While maintaining good oral hygiene is imperative to keeping a healthy restoration, we also know that dental bridges and dentures can only last so long before needing to be replaced. The great thing about dental implants is that once they are placed they can last the rest of your life if you care for them properly.

Feel Confident Again

We all know that having gaps in your smile can be downright embarrassing, so it’s only natural that you want to fill those gaps with a restoration that you won’t have to worry about or think about all the time. Once dental implants naturally bond with the bone and tissue you better believe that your new tooth isn’t going anywhere. While dentures might shift or move around in your mouth while you speak dental implants stay in place. You’ll enjoy eating all your favorite foods, talking to your friends or going out on that date you’ve been putting off.

Preserve Your Face Shape

A lot of people don’t realize that your problem doesn’t just end once the tooth falls out. Untreated tooth loss can cause other issues for your oral health. Since tooth roots from the missing tooth are no longer stimulating the jawbone, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate and lose density. As a result, the jawbone will no longer be able to support your facial structure. Those with untreated tooth loss often deal with a sagging, sunken face, not to mention premature wrinkles. By getting dental implants from our Gold Canyon general dentists as soon as possible, we could prevent this from happening.

Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, is ready to help you regain that beautiful smile. If you are faced with tooth loss don’t let the problem affect your self-esteem and your oral health. Schedule a consultation with us today to get one step closer to a full smile again.

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
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
September 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

The loss of a tooth not only changes your appearance, but can also impact your oral health. Dental implants offer an excellent way todental implants restore your smile and keep it healthy. Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, your Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, explains several important benefits dental implants provide.

Implants replace your entire tooth

After you lost a tooth, the only replacement options used to be dentures or bridges. While both choices restore your smile, they only replace your tooth above your gums. A dental implant replaces your entire tooth, from the root to the crown. The implant itself is placed in a small hole your Gold Canyon dentist creates in your jawbone. Over the course of approximately three to six months, the implant bonds to the bone and becomes just as strong as your natural roots. When that process is complete, a crown is attached to the top of the implant.

Dental implants keep your jawbone strong

Your teeth roots exert pressure on your jawbone, providing the stimulation it needs to remain strong. When you lose a tooth, the section of the bone underneath begins to shrink and weaken. A receding jawbone can lead to further tooth loss and facial sagging, particularly if you've lost several teeth. Dental implants exert pressure on your jawbone, just as your natural roots do, and prevent it from shrinking and weakening.

A dental implant can prevent oral hygiene problems

After a tooth is lost, nearby teeth begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth if you do nothing to replace your tooth. As these teeth move, they begin to overlap, creating the perfect place for plaque to grow. Since it's difficult for floss or toothbrush bristles to reach these areas, cavities are more likely. A dental implant prevents overlapping, makes oral hygiene much easier and reduces your cavity risk.

Implants make biting and chewing easier

It can be difficult to bite and chew food if you've lost one or more teeth. An implant restores your ability to bite and chew normally. In fact, your implant will feel very much like the tooth you lost.

Dental implants offer an excellent tooth replace option, whether you've lost one tooth or all of them. Call Dr. Lovell and Dr. Scheerhorn, your Gold Canyon, AZ dentists, at (480) 671-7777 to schedule an appointment and learn if you're a good candidate for dental implants.