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

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder | Walnut Creek, CA

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When your teeth are misaligned it causes the jaw muscles to apply extra pressure to compensate for the poor alignment of your teeth. This is what’s called a “bad bite.” This extra pressure increases stress on the surface of the teeth and leads to cracks, chips and jaw pain.

Jaw pain results from a muscle strain placed where the upper and lower jaw meet, called the temporomandibular joint. When pain occurs in this areas it is called TMJ disorder.

Sufferers of TMJ disorder will experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in multiple teeth or the jaw joint
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
  • Headache—especially when opening and closing your jaw
  • Ear pain—in front of or below the ear, with no other signs of ear infection
  • Noises “in your head” — grinding, crunching, or popping sounds

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics about treatment options to diminish your tooth, jaw, and headaches. For more information about TMJ and different treatment options call Doctors Barmby and Frick at 925-934-5526. Visit the website at



Bonding is a great way to improve your smile! | Walnut Creek, CA

Bonding is a great way for you to regain confidence in your smile if you have chipped or broken one (or more) of your teeth. Bonding is a tooth colored restoration process of directly applying a tooth-colored composite to your tooth. Once the composite is applied, our dentist will sculpt and shape it to make a perfect looking tooth. A high-intensity ultraviolet light is then used to harden the composite and is finished off by a fine polishing.

Not only is bonding useful for chipped and broken teeth, but it is great for stained teeth that are resistant to professional whitening treatment.

Although bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns; with proper care, bonding composites can last for years.

For more information on bonding or other tooth colored restoration procedures contact Walnut Creek Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526. Walnut Creek Prosthodontics is conveniently located near the Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, CA. For more information visit our website at

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