Bridges

Aminda Modrell, DDS

Dentist located in Alamo, CA

If you’re missing teeth, you may feel bad about the way you look. Missing teeth can make chewing difficult or painful, and they can cause more serious dental problems. Aminda Modrell, DDS, and her skilled team in Alamo, California, offer high-quality dental bridges that allow you to eat and speak normally and restore your natural smile. Call the office, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental bridges.

Bridges Q & A

Aminda Modrell, DDS

What are dental bridges?

A bridge is a device that fills the gap where your teeth are missing. The two teeth on either side of the gap are used as anchors so the device can “bridge” the gap, hence the name.  A bridge is made of metal alloy with a ceramic or porcelain cap, known as a crown, that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

Why do I need a bridge?

Missing teeth can cause serious problems because the rest of your teeth will naturally begin to shift toward the gap. Missing teeth also cause the force of your bite to be uneven, which can result in injury to your remaining teeth or the inside of your mouth.

If you have one or more missing teeth, a bridge can help:

  • Restore the ability to chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Prevent injury to the teeth, tongue, cheeks, or jawbone
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting

A bridge can also boost your self-confidence by restoring the look of your smile.

What should I expect when getting a bridge?

Dr. Modrell will install your bridge over two visits. You’ll receive a local anesthetic at each visit to make you comfortable during the procedure.

During the first visit, she and her skilled team will prepare the anchor teeth to receive the bridge and make a model of your teeth. This model is then sent to a lab where technicians construct your bridge. Dr. Modrell will give you a temporary bridge to wear until your next appointment.

When your permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Modrell fits the device onto the anchor teeth. She’ll adjust the bridge so that it feels comfortable in your mouth and so that your teeth align when you close them.

Your bridge might feel different at first, but you’ll soon adjust and discover that many things are easier without missing teeth.

How long will my bridge last?

Bridges usually last between 5-15 years, depending on your mouth and your brushing and flossing habits. Good dental hygiene and regular checkups with Dr. Modrell are the best way to increase the life of your bridge.

To find out more about dental bridges, call to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.