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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.

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
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
January 16, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if dentures are exactly what you’ve been looking for to replace your missing teeth.dentures

We know that when it comes to your smile you only want the very best, so it can be challenging to decide what tooth replacement to choose that will help you get your smile back. We know this is a big decision so our Gold Canyon, AZ, dentists, Dr. Jonathan Lovell and Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn, are here to help you learn more about dentures and how they work to see if they are a right fit for you.

Simply put, dentures are oral appliances that are designed to take the place of your missing teeth. Whether you have lost multiple teeth or all of your teeth, dentures are able to give you back the smile you lost. Depending on the type of dentures you receive, the dentures may be supported and held in place by the jawbone and gum tissue, which other dentures may use attachments or clasps to hold on to neighboring teeth for support.

While dentures can be a great option for a lot of people dealing with tooth loss they aren’t right for everyone. For one, this restoration is really a great option for those who are dealing with significant tooth loss. If you are only missing a single tooth you may want to consider getting dental implants or a dental bridge from our Gold Canyon cosmetic dentist instead.

Patients who are right for dentures will also need to have healthy jawbones and gum tissue. Those who have left their tooth loss go untreated for many years will have both bone loss and gum tissue deterioration. If the loss is severe enough, the jawbone might not be able to support your new set of teeth.

Again, the type of dentures you receive from us will really depend on the extent of your tooth loss. If you have complete tooth loss then you’ll benefit from full dentures. Those with some healthy remaining teeth will receive partial dentures.

Of course, dentures can also be held in place by dental implants, and patients who need to have their teeth extracted can get immediate dentures the same day as the extraction to make sure they have teeth right away while their mouth is given time to heal.

Dentures that use attachments or clasps to stay in place may be more reliable and durable than full dentures, which rely on natural suction to the gum tissue to stay put. We know that dentures can never really take the place of your teeth, but they can be a great alternative when you are dealing with significant tooth loss.

Superstition Mountain Dental in Gold Canyon, AZ, is here to provide you with the quality dental care you need. Whether you are considering your tooth loss treatment options or just need to schedule a routine cleaning, we are here for your smiles.

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.

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