Top 10 Benefits of Dental Crowns | Walnut Creek Dentist

crownsA dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged tooth or implant to restore the shape, size, color and strength of the damaged or missing tooth. The tooth-shaped cap covers the entire tooth, from the chewing surface to the gum line. There are many benefits of dental crowns, the following list consists of the top ten benefits of dental crowns.

  1. Natural Looking– Porcelain and composite crowns resemble the look of your natural teeth because they imitate the light reflective properties of a natural tooth.
  2. Stain Resistant- Dental crowns made from porcelain are stain resistant.
  3. Durable- Dental crowns can last between five to fifteen years, depending on well they are taken care of.
  4. Non-slip- Unlike dentures, crowns stay in place because they are either cemented or anchored.
  5. Cosmetic- Dental crowns improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth.
  6. Protection- When dental crowns are placed they protect the tooth from further decay.
  7. Comfort- Crowns are stable and don’t irritate the gums like partial dentures.
  8. Restorative- Due to the natural tooth like features, crowns restore full function to your damaged tooth.
  9. Speech- Missing teeth and dentures can affect your speech. Restoring the damaged or missing can help with a patient’s speech.
  10. Confidence- Having damaged, missing or discolored teeth can cause confidence issues. Restoring those teeth can make your smile like brand new.

If you have a damaged, stained or discolored tooth, and would like more information on dental crowns, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontist in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526. If you would like to learn more about the dental services we offer visit our website at

Dental Crowns and Bridges can fix a Myriad of Problems


Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, dental crowns and dental bridges can only be removed by a dentist.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the dental bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Dental Crowns

A Dental Crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues.  As with dental bridges, dental crowns can be made of porcelain.

When would I need a dental crown?

  • To attach a dental bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice. Follow these simple rules and your dental crowns and dental bridges could last a lifetime!

Contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at Walnut Creek Prosthodontics for an appointment and free information on Dental Crowns and Dental bridges at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website

Five things you should know before getting a Crown | Walnut Creek Dentist

Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations that an individual can undergo when they visit the dentist.  The procedure, though quite simple, should spark some concerns in your mind. Here is a list of things to know before getting a crown.

  • Crowns are used to fix cracked teeth. A cracked tooth may be evident when it hurts to bite down.
  • There are other options to getting a crown. You may opt for a filling, however if the crack is large enough, it may require a crown in the future.
  • If you wait with a chipped tooth, nothing really happens. However, there are instances in which an untreated crack tooth may lead to a root canal treatment rather than a crown.
  • Root Canals are not necessary in order to produce a crown treatment.
  • If you have a large enough filling that covers about 2/3 or the tooth, you will probably need a crown to rest on top of it to ensure a full recovery of the tooth.

For more information on if you are in need of a dental crown call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoore, Berkeley, Martinez, and surrounding areas.

Walnut Creek Restorative Dentist | 3 Signs that you need a Dental Crown


Many patients are unaware of the signs that signal you need a dental crown. In order to treat your teeth as soon as possible and avoid further damage, Drs. Barmby and Frick strongly suggest looking for the following three signs that indicate you need a dental crown:

1.)    Deep Cracks- If you have a deep crack in your tooth, it is very likely that you will need a dental crown. Deep cracks allow for bacteria to build up and make its way to the nerve of the tooth which can cause breakage and permanent tooth loss.

2.)    Chipped tooth- A chipped tooth can also be a sign that you are in need of a dental crown. Because strong and healthy teeth do not chip, Drs. Barmby and Frick will examine the reason for the chip and decide if a crown is necessary to restore the function of your tooth.

3.)    Multiple cavities- Drs. Barmby and Frick agree that the more cavities you have on a tooth, the more your tooth is susceptible to damage and decay. If Drs. Barmby and Frick are not able to solve your dental problem with a dental filling, a dental crown will most likely be necessary.

Avoid waiting and call Drs. Barmby and Frick if you experience any signs that indicate that you are in need of a dental crown. Drs. Barmby and Frick are experts in preforming dental crowns and other dental restoration so make an appointment today.

For more information on if you are in need of a dental crown call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly accept patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmoore, Berkeley, Martinez, and surrounding areas.