North Andover Removable Bridges
Despite the fact that you’ve enjoyed a smile with strong and healthy teeth for most of your life, there may come a time when one or more of those need to be extracted. Traumatic injury, late stage gum disease, or other problems can lead to significant gaps in your bite. Thankfully, Willows Dental can replace these missing teeth with a removable bridge or partial denture.
Do I really need to replace a missing tooth?
The short answer to that question is “yes, absolutely!” Let’s look at the reasons why. First of all, just one missing tooth can impact the condition of your whole mouth. With extra room around them, adjacent teeth often move out of alignment. Missing teeth increase your risk of gum disease, which is itself one of the leading causes of tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been linked to several systemic illnesses and diseases—heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis to name a few—so tooth loss can even affect your general health.
If you have several missing teeth then you may not be able to maintain a well-balanced diet and malnutrition may become a problem. Finally, there’s no escaping the knowledge that other people see the gap in your smile, which can be quite embarrassing. For all of these reasons and more, replacing your missing teeth should be a priority.
How do I get a removable bridge?
For a removable bridge or partial denture in the North Andover area, residents know that they can turn to Willows Dental Group for replacement teeth that will look and feel natural. What is the difference between a removable bridge and a partial denture? A removable bridge is held in place by fixtures that fit snuggly over teeth that are adjacent to the missing teeth in your mouth. A partial denture, on the other hand, consists of false teeth that are mounted on a gum-colored base and the entire prosthesis is secured to healthy teeth with metal clips or flexible material that blends in with your gum tissue.
We take an impression of your mouth that our dental lab uses to fabricate your bridge or partial. Our team provides the lab with exacting specifications, so you can be sure your new teeth will fit and look just like your natural teeth.
Your dentist will attach your bridge or partial denture to existing teeth to keep your bite aligned and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position. You can remove the bridge at night for cleaning or soaking. Use a soft brush made especially for dentures that will not scratch the surface of either the false teeth or the gum base of a partial.