What are Dentures? | Dentist Walnut Creek, CA

People can lose their natural teeth for a myriad of reasons. It could be due to injury, tooth decay or a number of different oral health problems. If you’ve lost teeth, your dentist has probably mentioned dentures to you. Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. Although dentures may take some getting used to and won’t ever feel exactly like your natural teeth, they have become more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable than ever before.

There are three main types of dentures; full dentures, partial dentures and implant dentures. Your dentist will help you determine the best type of denture that suits your individual needs based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to need replacing.

Types of Dentures:

Full Dentures- Full Dentures are used to replace a patients full set of missing teeth, the upper arch, lower arch or both. A set of artificial teeth a permanently a gum colored-base. Full dentures are either kept in place by suction or by an adhesive.

Partial Dentures- Partial dentures are used in cases where a patients are missing multiple teeth but not all of them in a single arch. Partial dentures are attached to metal clasps and the artificial teeth present your remaining natural teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.

Implant Dentures- Implant supported dentures are secured in place by dental implants instead of just resting on your gums as traditional dentures do. Dental implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone and your dentures snap onto them preventing them from shifting around while you talk and eat. For the dental implants to be successful you must have adequate jaw bone structure.

If you’ve been considering replacing your missing teeth with dentures, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontists in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consult or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontist.com for more information regarding dentures.

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

Options for Replacing Missing Teeth | Walnut Creek Dentist

Beautiful Girl - Close Up Do you having missing teeth that need replacing? Do your missing teeth prevent you from smiling on a daily basis? Some people will experience a drastic loss of self-confidence with they live with missing teeth. Fortunately, there are several dental procedures that can help you regain your smile and confidence you once had. Some of those options include the following:

  • Partial Dentures- Partial dentures are used in patients that are missing few or several teeth. This type of denture is made with a plastic base or a metal framework that supports the number of teeth that need replacing. Partial dentures made with metal framework is the traditional design, due to the strength of the metal. Partial plastic dentures are typically used for emergency or as temporary replacements.
  • Complete Dentures- This type of denture is used cases where patients are missing a full set of teeth, either on the top jaw, bottom jaw or both. Complete dentures are made of plastic base that’s colored to replicate your gum tissue and supports a full set of plastic or porcelain teeth. They are held in place by forming a seal with the gums. They can also be help in place by attaching them to dental implants.
  • Dental Implants- This dental procedure is commonly used in cases where patients are missing teeth located towards the front of their mouth. An artificial tooth is anchored to the implant, which is integrated into the structure of your bone. This insures the longevity of your dental implant. This is a more aesthetically pleasing option.

Not all dental procedures are suitable for everyone. Only a professional will be able to determine the right course of action to take for your individual needs.

If you would like to discover the best option to replace your missing teeth, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation today. For more information visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

How to Properly Care for Your Dentures


DenturesRemovable partial or full dentures require proper care to keep both the health of your dentures and mouth. By taking proper care of your dentures you can avoid staining and keep them looking their best. Keeping the following rules in mind you can keep you dentures in the best of shape:

  • Remove and Rinse after Eating- Run warm water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles.
  • Handle Carefully- Make sure while you’re cleaning your dentures you don’t bend or damage the plastic by brushing to hard. Make sure to moisten denture brush before cleaning to avoid scratching the surfaces of your dentures.
  • Brush Daily- Clean your dentures at least once a day by soaking and brushing them with a nonabrasive dentures cleaner to remove leftover food debris or plaque. Never use the dentures cleaner in your mouth.
  • Keep Your Mouth Clean- After removing your dentures clean your mouth using a soft bristled tooth brush. Brush your natural teeth, tongue, gums and palate.
  • Soak Dentures Overnight- Most types of dentures need to stat moist to uphold their shape. Store dentures in either water or a denture soaking solution. Make sure to rinse your dentures before wearing them if they were soaking in a denture solution.

What should be avoided?

  • Abrasive Cleaning Materials- Avoid using firm bristled-brushed, harsh toothpastes and heavy denture cleaners.
  • Whitening Products- Don’t use toothpastes or any products advertised at whitening products. They are typically abrasive and should be avoid on dentures.
  • Hot Water- Avoid using hot or boiling water to clean your dentures. The hot water will distort your dentures.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to properly care for your dentures, contact Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com for more information.

What to expect from your new Dentures | Dentist Walnut Creek, CA


The success of your dentures, whether new or a replacement one, depends on a few factors. Most importantly you need to rely on your dentist. Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics can offer the best advice to help you live your life with dentures. Along with their advice, here are a few things you may experience while adjusting to your new or replacement dentures.

Gaining Confidence During the Adjustment Period- You’re probably worried about how your dentures will look and feel. A period of awkwardness is normal at first and usually fades away quickly. Before you know it, you’ll fell and be more confident about wearing your dentures.

How They Look and Feel- A “full-mouth” feeling is usually reported by new wearers. You may feel that the dentures are too big or pushing your lips forward. This feeling will disappear as you adjust to wearing your dentures. They may feel like they don’t fit properly at first. You may experience “gagging” or you to bite your cheek or tongue. If you wear an upper denture your tongue will need to get used to the feeling of pressing against the denture and not your palate. These problems do decrease over time. We may recommend the use of a denture adhesive to help you feel more confident. Another option is having Implant Supported Dentures.

New Sensations- Because dentures are a “foreign object” in the mouth, you may produce more saliva for a period of time. This also will disappear over time. Try something simple like sucking on a mint or hard candy when this happens. It will encourage you to swallow more frequently and clear the excess saliva. Some soreness is also to be expected. This will usually happen within a few hours of putting your dentures in your mouth. Never try to make adjustments to your dentures yourself.

Talking- When you talk, most of the sound of your voice reaches your ears through vibrations in the bones of your jaw and skull. Wearing dentures can change the sound and make it seem louder. This will be much less noticeable to others than to you. If your dentures make a clicking sound when you speak, you may want to try speaking more slowly. With time and practice you will overcome this difficulty.

Eating- At first, you may think that food has lost its flavor. This happens because the signals your brain is receiving about your dentures may overpower those from your taste buds. This will eventually return to normal. Also you may also have trouble being able to tell how hot food or cold food and drinks are. So eat and drink carefully. Eventually, your brain will ignore these signals from your dentures. Here are some additional eating tips:

  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Divide up food in your mouth so that you’re chewing evenly on both sides of your mouth. This will place even pressure on your dentures.
  • Start by eating soft foods, such as eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables and puddings.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures or implant-supported dentures! Make an appointment today with Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

Walnut Creek Dentist | How to Properly Maintain your Dentures


The most frequently asked questions Drs. Barmby and Frick receive regarding dentures have to deal with how to properly maintain dentures. For this reason, Drs. Barmby and Frick highly encourage patients to soak their dentures in antibacterial solution for the time duration indicated on the packaging. After being soaked, patients should begin gently brushing their dentures with either a tooth brush or denture brush. Once finished, patients should proceed to rinsing their dentures and going about their daily dental routines such as brushing and flossing remaining natural teeth.

Drs. Barmby and Frick emphasize the importance of properly cleaning and maintaining dentures because of the amount of debris that can accumulate over time. These left over food particles and debris catalyze the growth of bacteria in the mouth that can cause serious consequences to an individual oral health. To avoid any health issues, maintain your dentures by thoroughly cleaning and caring for your dentures.

For more information about how to properly maintain your dentures call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

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

Signs That You May Need Dentures | Walnut Creek, CA


Many individuals do not know the warning signs that indicate a visit to Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick for dentures. Dentures are removable plates that replace missing teeth and gum tissue. The following are important signals that you should note on whether or not you need dentures.

  • Not regularly visiting and consulting with your dentist.
  • Gums appear swollen or are frequently bleeding.
  • Your teeth beginning to move or shift.
  • You experience an intense amount of pain from your teeth.
  •  A significant amount of missing teeth.
  • You’re unable to properly chew hard foods.
  • You’re are not confident in your smile.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms please consult Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick  in Walnut Creek, CA for more information about dentures and whether or not you qualify.  To make an appointment contact (925) 934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com

Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick proudly serves San Ramon, Oakland, Rossmore, Berkley, Martinez, and surrouding areas.

Toss out the Denture Adhesive! | Prosthodontics | Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek Prosthodontics is proud to offer Implant Supported Dentures.  These types of dentures are a more permanent solution to regular dentures that can slip, are painful and make it hard to eat. They are custom made to fit your mouth and needs.  If you don’t need full dentures, you can get partials. There are several different types of implant supported dentures available.



How do they work?

Implant snaps are placed. The denture is then anchored to the implant snaps. This creates a more stable and comfortable fit. Two or more implants snaps can be used. The more implant snaps used, the more stable the dentures become.

What are the advantages?

  • No adhesives
  • Easier to chew
  • More comfortable than traditional dentures
  • Improved speech
  • Visual appearance
  • Reduced bone loss common with traditional dentures

To learn more about prosthodontics and more specifically, implant supported dentures, call Dr.’s Barmby and Frick at Walnut Creek Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526. Visit their website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.

Accepting Patients from Concord, Danville, Lafayette, Alamo, Orinda and all surrounding areas.    

Is it time for me to get Dentures? | Walnut Creek, CA

The only one who can really tell if it’s time for you to get dentures is your dentist. Doctors Barmby and Frick of Walnut Creek Prosthodontics have the expert knowledge and expertise to suggest dentures after a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth. If dentures are suggested there are several denture options available and she will help you decide which is best for you.

The following are some signs that you are a good candidate for dentures:

Severe tooth decay: if the teeth are so decayed they are beyond repair, then they will need to be pulled. If it’s only a few teeth, a bridge can be used. If a majority of the teeth are decayed or missing, a full denture would be needed.

Physical Injury: People with sports injuries or accidents which lead to tooth loss.

Periodontal disease: If teeth and gums are left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss.

Thanks to the modern advancements in technology, dentures are not what they used to be. There are several options available from different shapes, sizes, colors and the new implant supported dentures. They are custom fitted to give you the smile you have always wanted and no one will have to know you are wearing dentures.

Don’t be afraid to get dentures! Make an appointment today 925-934-5526 or www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.