Dental Bridges

Dental Bridge Ukiah CA

C an you really ever afford to lose a tooth? The simple answer is “No” because teeth are designed to work as a team. The words you speak are much clearer with a complete set of teeth. It’s easier to bite and chew favorite foods like steak, celery, and corn on the cob. Proper alignment is supported by neighboring teeth.

Growing older doesn’t mean you have to lose teeth. Good dental care and regular checkups go a long way towards preventing that problem. If the time comes where teeth deteriorate, fall out, or must be pulled, the best thing to do is fix the problem right away by contacting your Ukiah's own Khoury Dentistry about dental implants or bridges.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental Bridge

Devices that replace missing teeth are known as fixed partial dentures or dental bridges. Simulated teeth are created in a dental laboratory to replace missing teeth. The replacement structure is attached to the natural adjoining teeth, also known as abutment teeth. Bridges are available in both fixed (permanent) and removable styles.

Permanent bridges bond to crowns on adjoining teeth or directly to the abutment teeth. Attachment styles such as clasps are placed on adjoining teeth to hold removable bridges steady. Fixed bridges are definitely more stable, but removable bridges make cleaning easier because they are easy to take out and put back in.

Missing teeth cause problems in areas other than eating and speaking. It affects personal appearance and causes some people to avoid smiling because they are self-conscious about the gaps in their smile. The good news is that you can request an appointment at our office to fill in those gaps with temporary or fixed dental bridges.

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What Are Dental Bridges Made Of?

We request our lab to use a combination of materials, porcelain, or gold alloys to build our patients’ bridges and implants. It’s the best way to avoid metal allergies. If metal is needed in the bridge, the technicians bond porcelain to the metal to add stability and prevent adverse reactions.

Reasons Why a Bridge or Dental Implant Could Be Needed

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Besides chewing, we seldom stop to think of other ways teeth help us out. Proper placement of the teeth allows us to pronounce words and sounds correctly. The correct sounds and inflections are hard to get when teeth are missing. In fact, the gaps may increase the chance of developing speech impediments. The mouth has a greater risk of developing gum diseases like gingivitis once teeth start falling out. An infected mouth adversely affects health throughout the body. Talk with Dr. Khoury or his staff about the benefits of using dental bridges to keep your gums and remaining teeth in good condition.

What other situations are known to occur when you lose a tooth and fail to replace it? The outer appearance of your face suffers because you’ve lost part of the support for your lips and teeth. Your mouth may develop a sunken look, particularly if you are missing teeth in the back of your mouth. The familiar contours of your face will return when dental bridges add support.

In some cases, teeth will shift and take over the gap or gaps left by missing teeth. Not only does it change your bite, it results in the need for braces to realign the teeth.

Impressions, Fitting, and Attaching Dental Bridges

Patients should plan on two or three appointments for the bridge process to be completed. Dr. Khoury will take a bit of dentin and enamel from the tooth on each side of the gap. Impressions are made and the color of your teeth noted. The information is sent to our lab, where the missing teeth are created to match your natural teeth and set into a bridge that is built to span the gap in your mouth.

The attachment procedure takes place at the next appointment. The false tooth fills the gap. Dental cement is used to bond the fixed bridge to the abutment teeth. Dental crowns, cemented to the adjoining teeth, provide support to the bridge.

Care and Maintenance of Dental Bridges

Brushing and flossing are as important after you get a new bridge as those two steps were before. Show off your new smile by maintaining the healthy routine of dental hygiene recommended by your Ukiah dentist, Dr. Nicholas Khoury.

Contact us for a friendly consultation

We look forward to hear from you and discuss dental bridges. We encourage you to ask any questions if you're still unfamiliar with the procedure or even if you're wondering how much this procedure typically costs. You can call us at (707) 703-1667 or click here to contact us on our website.

Ed Strout
Ed Strout
19:19 14 Nov 22
We all know what going to the dentist is like. Fear, dread, scary instruments, sky high costs, and of course a lot of pain. We put it off as long as we can. With all this in mind I have a really hard time writing this review. It was a real disappointment and completely the opposite of what I was expecting. What I got was a friendly staff that cares, minimal pain, being talked to and not at, punctual appointments, fair prices, and a casual atmosphere. Heck I even got follow up calls from the staff and even Dr. Khoury after more difficult treatments. I know! How rude! It you want a normal dental experience then I can not recommend going to this office. (Obviously I am having fun with Dr. Khoury and his staff. I have never had a better experience at a dentist. With my oral issues that is a huge statement and I would highly recommend going.)
angle slater
angle slater
20:23 03 Aug 22
Friendly, gentle and professional!
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bryan cassalia
20:15 03 Aug 22
Awesome Dentist! Made me feel very comfortable. Office is very clean. Staff is very friendly and they were able to accommodate me with an appointment within just a few days. Highly recommend!!
Tara Hatton
Tara Hatton
21:36 02 Aug 22
Pleasant friendly atmosphere with folks who genuinely care about their patients.
Sandy Ford
Sandy Ford
20:42 02 Aug 22
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Traci Wallace
19:59 16 Feb 22
Literally just had the most amazing time getting a crown done with Dr Khoury and his team! They are friendly, very careful and I’m was impressed ❤️
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Kathy Wren
Kathy Wren
15:19 03 Oct 21
By far the BEST Dental Office in Ukiah. Friendly, knowledgeable crew there! Dr. Khoury always goes out of his way to make me smile when I leave his office! And his Hygienists are awesome! Keep up the wonderful service!
Nancy Paxton
Nancy Paxton
15:34 30 Apr 21
Dr Khoury and his team are professional , prompt and always there for an emergency, staying late to ensure we are taken care of. Dr Khoury is simply the best!!
Crystal Kennedy-Lipscomb
Crystal Kennedy-Lipscomb
16:33 25 Jan 21
I had put off going to the dentist for years out of fear (after a bad experience elsewhere) Dr Khoury, Joe, and all the staff were absolutely amazing, so welcoming and so very kind. They truly care about thier patients! I walked in with awful anxiety (I was literally shaking) and they helped me get thru the entire procedure, without pain! They not only helped calm me, but they explained things as they went which helped my fear to subside. For the first time in years I can say I'm not afraid to go back. Thank you so much Khoury Dentistry. Truly a gem of a practice, so happy my family and I found you guys!
Hortencia D.
Hortencia D.
21:43 09 Dec 20
John Smith
John Smith
18:51 23 Jan 20
Doc Khoury is the best! He came in on a Sunday, to relieve my pain! Then called me that night to check on me. Absolutely awesome gentleman! And, ladies, he's single! Kim at the front desk is great too! Sorry guys, she's married.☺️
Jennifer Silva
Jennifer Silva
18:30 25 Oct 19
We love Dr. Khoury. We come all the way from the coast to see him... The prosthetic he built for my husband looks and fits great. Looking forward to establishing my children with him as well!!
Tasha N Justin Cook
Tasha N Justin Cook
19:21 26 Jun 19
Thank you Dr. Khoury and his great friendly staff for a great dental experience for our 3 year old! They really go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience.
Chelsea Gully
Chelsea Gully
20:59 27 Mar 19
Dr. Khoury and his staff are the best.
Cristal Tapia
Cristal Tapia
23:26 01 Feb 19
I am no longer scared of the the dentist! He is great and so are all the dental hygienist that work there. The rooms are clean and welcoming.
melody osburn
melody osburn
22:59 09 Oct 18
I have never met a dentist who is so gentle, fun, kind and patient with Kids.Dr. Khoury is a wonderful dentist I would recommend him and his staff to everyone .
Christy Pedroncelli Smith
Christy Pedroncelli Smith
02:48 12 Aug 18
Dr. Khoury and his staff are the best gig in town for dental care. He went above and beyond the expected level of care when my husband was in extreme pain on the weekend. Dr. Khoury met us during his personal time and my husband was able to receive immediate relief. Thank you!
Chanelle Hughes
Chanelle Hughes
05:11 09 Aug 18
I will be honest I hated the dentist...... until I found Dr. khoury.........i am so at ease and never leave with a sore mouth. He takes very well care of his patients and explains everything so they are relaxed and comfortable He is amazing and does nothing but the best...... thank you for your amazing work!!!!!!
Jake Hoover
Jake Hoover
23:55 15 Jun 18
I had not been to the dentist in a long time before I went here. I was terrified of the dentist and the thought of going made me physically sick. This place has changed my mind about the dentist. They are professional and kind and do not judge and always put the patient first. Thank you Dr. Khoury and staff.
Linda Khoury Tams
Linda Khoury Tams
19:32 09 Jan 18
Thea Jackson
Thea Jackson
18:18 03 Aug 17
Dr Khoury is an amazing and caring person.
Jennifer Nuñez-Ward
Jennifer Nuñez-Ward
20:39 01 Aug 17
Dayna Judkins
Dayna Judkins
16:49 24 Apr 17
Dr. Khoury and his staff are AMAZING. My son had an absolutely horrible and traumatic experience with a past dentist and I thought he would never get over it. Dr. Khoury is so patient with my son and makes his visits so much fun. He explains everything he is doing and why. He has built so much trust with my son. I can not thank him and his staff enough. Not only does my son now like going to the dentist he looks forward to it.
Victoria Brittain
Victoria Brittain
20:37 23 Mar 17
The Gold standard in dentistry. The administrative staff is genuinely kind and very efficient. The hygienist I had was gentle and effective. Dr. Khoury is personable and always smiling. He definitely knows what he's talking about. Very highly recommended. They are great with kids too!! Very important for me.
Lisa Rawson LM
Lisa Rawson LM
00:17 11 Mar 17
He is so patient with my daughter. She's a crier and her just rolls with it. His staff is great too. He even let her hug a pillow the entire time he did her cavity. Highly recommend. Answered all my questions too. Thanks!
Cody Snodgrass
Cody Snodgrass
01:20 13 Dec 16
Absolutely top notch. Words cannot describe how awesome they are. I do not feel like I am "just a patient". The office staff always greets me with a smile and Dr Khoury always ends things with a handshake. They strive to be the best and in my opinion, they are.
MaryAnn Purchio Snyder
MaryAnn Purchio Snyder
04:15 07 Dec 16
Noah Mononymous
Noah Mononymous
01:30 17 Nov 16
Dr. Khoury and his team make the dental experience more comfortable and treat each of their patients with great respect and make them feel like family. I always enjoy the great atmosphere and the overwhelming feeling that I am in good hands and they will take care of any needs I may have. Thank you for helping me keep my smile!
Jaime Lynn Lojowsky
Jaime Lynn Lojowsky
20:14 15 Nov 16
jose carbajal
jose carbajal
21:07 23 Sep 16
These office is great! Dr. Khoury and his staff are as good as it gets. They really seem to go the extra mile in making you very comfortable and relaxed.
Lynsey Wickman Kelly
Lynsey Wickman Kelly
17:15 06 Sep 16
Just finished my 1st exam with Dr Khoury's and it was fantastic. I have anxiety about the dentist and I left my appointment very pleased. He explained everything to me that was going on and constantly made sure I was ok. Am so glad I found Dr Khoury, my whole family will be switching over to him.
Megan Redding
Megan Redding
08:44 02 Aug 16
Sean Daily
Sean Daily
15:38 10 May 16
Dr. Khoury is a top notch professional and I'm glad to have found him. He and his staff have an obvious and sincere care for their patients.
Kali Pappas
Kali Pappas
15:33 14 Apr 16
I've always dreaded going to the dentist until I started going to Dr. Khoury. I've never felt more comfortable in my life. All my experiences have been nothing but positive. His staff is always extremely friendly and helpful and I always feel at ease before my appointments. He has completely changed my outlook on going to the dentist and I couldn't be more thankful!!!!
Melissa Phillips
Melissa Phillips
18:42 02 Apr 16
I have a horrible history with dentists, and avoided going for many years. I finally summoned my nerve to try again. Today was my first appointment. They completed a thorough exam, full xrays, cleaning and whitening in one appointment. At the end of the appointment, Dr Khoury presented his treatment recommendations to me, with options, in writing, with my out of pocket expenses and what the insurance will cover clearly identified. From start to finish, everyone from the receptionist to the dental assistant, the hygienist and Dr Khoury was warm, gentle, considerate and thoroughly professional. I am so glad to have found my way to them, and recommend them highly to anyone looking for a good dental practice in Ukiah. Thank you Dr Khoury and your staff. I am no longer dreading the dentist's office!
Krys Harrer
Krys Harrer
19:38 27 Jan 16
My husband, 8 year old son, 7 year old daughter, and myself recently moved to town and started seeing Dr.Khoury for our dental care. He and his staff have been absolutely amazing. Both of my kids needed fillings for the first time, and I anticipated complete chaos. But Dr.Khoury was SO good with them, that they didn't even realize they were poked with needles! In fact, they actually ASK to go back to the dentist now. He is very thorough, but at the same time doesn't push for unnecessary procedures. So happy we found him.
Erin Gardiner
Erin Gardiner
21:10 22 Jan 16
Dr. Khoury and his entire staff are very professional and caring. He has a gentle touch and very considerate.
Sean Daily
Sean Daily
17:53 03 Sep 15
Dr. Khoury is a top-notch professional giving old-fashioned service...which is hard to find these days in any industry.
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