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Cosmetic Dentistry

You can have the smile you've always wanted – straighter, whiter, shapelier, fuller!

Preventive Dentistry

We are dedicated to helping your family achieve optimal dental health with regular hygiene cleanings from Dr. Schrader at Willows Dental Group.

CEREC Same-Day Crowns

With the power of CEREC, busy patients can receive the permanent, high-quality restorations they need in record time.

Invisalign

Do you want straighter teeth but don’t want the look of traditional metal braces? Luckily there’s a new solution available—clear braces from Invisalign.

Dental Implants in North Andover, MA

If you wear removable bridges or dentures, you may miss the way your natural teeth felt and looked. You may also worry about your removable prosthetic coming loose or falling out when you talk, eat, smile or laugh. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with the discomforts of dentures. Dr. Schrader has extensive training and experience with dental implants, an alternative to removable bridges and dentures.

Before placing a dental implant, Dr. Schrader will need to conduct a thorough examination of your mouth in order to ensure there aren’t any other oral health concerns that warrant treatment before you have the minor oral surgery that is necessary with implants. In addition, he’ll need to establish that you have sufficient bone volume to maintain dental implants. In part, the predictability of success with dental implants depends on the density of bone in which the implant is set. If there isn’t enough bone tissue, then Dr. Schrader may recommend bone grafting.

Dental Implant Procedure

With dental implants, Dr. Schrader places a small titanium screw in your jawbone. This acts like a tooth root to anchor a prosthetic in your mouth. The screw or post is carefully positioned to afford the greatest stability. Over the course of the next few months after implantation, the post and bone tissue go through a process known as osseointegration, where the two essentially become one integrated unit. As such, the bone holds the implant firmly in place and the implant reinvigorates the bone. Very often with tooth loss, the surrounding bone tissue begins to deteriorate. As a result, your jawbone can start to slack and the structure of your face may noticeably change to become more haggard and aged looking. An implant can prevent this from happening by stimulating healthy new bone growth that maintains your natural appearance.

Once Dr. Schrader, the implant dentist North Andover residents favor for tooth restoration, is certain you’ve healed sufficiently, the second phase of your treatment begins. The implant is uncovered and a small abutment is attached to the top of the post. This abutment is what will connect the implant to the eventual tooth restoration. A small collar temporarily fits around the abutment to make room in your gum tissue for the restoration. This is removed when it’s time to place your new tooth.

With his extensive training and experience with implants, Dr. Schrader can apply three types of implants in your mouth.

  1. A single tooth dental implant replaces a missing tooth with a crown, shaped to look like the original tooth.
  2. An implant supported bridge supports a bridge designed to look like one or more missing teeth.
  3. An implant-supported denture holds natural looking dentures permanently in place in your mouth.

In most procedures, the implant is placed during one appointment and after it heals, the crown, bridge or denture is applied. Since everyone is different, Dr. Schrader will need to evaluate your dental health to determine if an implant is right for you.