Dental Implant Aftercare Guide

implant-diagramIf you’ve recently made this wise decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you may be curious how you should go about taking proper care of your dental implants after the procedure.

Your dentist will give you proper instructions to take care of your newly installed dental implants, and it’s very important that you follow them. The success of your dental implant ultimately depends on how well you take care of your implant. If you plan on keeping your implant for the long run, you must follow this aftercare guide:

Be sure to consume carefully. You’ll need to stick to eating soft foods for the first few days after your implants have been placed, then gradually start re-introducing harder foods as your implant starts to heal. Be sure to avoid the implant when eating, and also avoid swishing liquids around your mouth for the first week after the procedure.

Do not bother the implants. Immediately after you have your dental implant installed, you should refrain from bothering it. Agitating your newly placed dental implant will only prolong the healing process, and could potentially lead to additional issues.

Ice the affected area. Don’t be alarmed if certain areas of your face swell after the dental implant procedure; it’s extremely common. To help reduce the swelling, apply an ice pack or frozen peas covered in a cloth to the affected area. Most of the swelling should be gone within 3-5 days.

Good oral hygiene is essential. The surgery site must be kept clean and free of infection in order to heal properly. Your dentist may prescribe a medicated mouthwash you should use as directed. You can also rinse with a salt water solution 4-5 times a day. Also, be sure to brush your teeth as you normally would with a soft-bristled tooth brush and gently brush around the dental implant.

Reduce your level of activity. Keep your physical activity to a minimum immediately following the dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding may occur if you do exercise, and if it does occur, you should discontinue exercising. Continue taking in normal nourishment; not doing so can weaken you and further limit your exercise.

It can take between three to six months for the dental implant itself to integrate with the jawbone and reach full strength, and another two months for the crown to be fabricated and fitted. However, this time frame varies from person to person. Your dentist should be able to give you a more accurate idea of how long it will to complete the entire treatment.

If have any questions or concerns regarding dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek at 925-934-5526 or visit for additional information.

A Simplified Guide for a Dental Implant Procedure

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If you’ve been told that you need to have your teeth removed or already have missing teeth, it may be time to consider what type of dental procedure you want to have to replace those damaged or missing teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options for replacing severally damaged or missing teeth, one of the many being dental implants. Dental implants are artificial roots that are integrated into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth.

Dental implants are a very ideal and effective dental treatment, while also being considerably more predictable compared to the alternative treatments. The following includes a simplified guide for a dental implant procedure.

Dental Implant Consultation

If you’ve made the choice to replace some missing teeth with dental implants, you’ll need to discuss your individual case with a dental implant specialist. Once you’ve both agreed on the best option, you will be provided with the following information:

  • The cost of the dental implant procedure
  • What is included and excluded with those costs
  • The potential risks and benefits of dental implants
  • If dental sedation is offered and if so, the cost
  • How many appointments will be required
  • What type of care the dental practice will offer
  • What level of commitment is required from you

By this point, you should have all of the information you need to make an informed choice about whether you want to move forward with the treatment or not.

The Implant Planning Stage

This is the stage where you may be required to visit the dentist office two or three times, and also may have x-rays or CT scans done. This is to show your dentist the exact dimensions and density of the bone where your implant is going to be placed, and the surgeon that will place the dental implant precisely.

During this time, the way your top and bottom teeth/jaws meet will also be accessed. This is done to allow the dental technician to replicate the way your jaw moves in the dental lab when they are finishing your permanent crown.

Throughout this phase, your implantologist and dental technician will being working very closely together to plan and decide where the final restoration will be placed.

Dental Implant Placement and Healing

Thanks to the advancements in dentistry techniques, dental implants procedures can be made comfortable and almost pain-free. If you have high anxiety about the procedure, think about asking your dentist for sedation. This will help ease your anxiety and relax you throughout the dental implant procedure.

First, your dentist will drill a hole into your bone which will match the exact diameter of the implant. Then, the dental implant will be placed into the hole and your gums will be stitched over the top. In most cases, your dentist with provide you with some type of temporary tooth replacement.

Once the implant is placed, you will leave the office and wait for the dental implant to properly heal. During the healing phase your gum will heal over the implant and the dental implant itself will integrate into the jawbone, making this phase very important.  The healing process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

The Reconstruction

The reconstruction phase takes place once the integration process has occurred and your implants are secure in your jawbone. During this phase your missing teeth will be replaced with the final crown, which is cemented or screwed onto the dental implant.

The crown is fabricated to look just like your existing teeth, with surface texture, color and shape all customized to seamlessly blend in with your smile.

The Follow Up

Once your crown has been placed, you will then be asked to schedule a follow up appointment to ensure that your dental implant is healing properly and that the implant is everything you imagined it would be.  

As far as ongoing care, you should take care of your dental implant just the way you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each session, floss at least once a day and use a mouthwash. Also, don’t forget to visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings.

If you would like to replace your severally damaged or missing teeth with dental implants, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation. Or visit for additional information.

Foods That Can Naturally Whiten Teeth

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If I were to tell you that there are foods that can naturally whiten your teeth, would you believe me? Just as certain types of foods can cause stains or discoloration, there are also foods that can have the opposite effect on your teeth.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), certain types of food can naturally cleanse, whiten and even help defend against bad bacteria that could possibly harm your teeth and/or gums.

Our gums and teeth essentially mirror what is going on inside your body, meaning what you consume highly influences the integrity and health of your teeth. Try adding the following foods into diet, and enjoy not only a whiter smile, but also the nutritional benefits that come along with them!

  • Broccoli. When broccoli is eaten raw it acts as a gentle abrasive to the surface of your teeth, which can remove unsightly stains. Broccoli is rich is fiber, and if eaten regularly it can go a long way in preventing gum disease. The iron found in broccoli also provides a barrier that protects your teeth from stains and cavity-causing acids.


  • Celery. Say farewell to tooth stains as you munch on a piece of celery. These yummy veggies aren’t just low in calories and packed with nutrients, the fibrous cellulose acts as a natural toothbrush, while the high water content stimulates saliva production.


  • Apple. You know the saying “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”. Well, that may also go for a teeth-whitening trip to the dentist as well. Apples act as a natural abrasive and scrub away stains and other food particles. They also contain a high concentration of malic acid, a natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent.


  • Strawberries. Similar to apples, strawberries also contain high levels of malic acid. Strawberries also have the added benefit of being rich in vitamin C, which provides a boost to the immune system, helping aid in fighting off bacterial infections like gum disease.


  • Cheese. While the colors of cheese may throw one off, most cheese will not stain teeth. Cheese is high in calcium and phosphorus, which helps provide your teeth with the necessary nutrition to keep your tooth enamel strong and healthy.


  • Pineapple. Pineapples are a unique fruit since they are the only food that contains an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is a natural stain remover that helps removes plaque from the surface of your teeth, which prevents tooth erosion and cavities from forming.


  • Onions and Garlic. The key is to eat these raw. Doing so will release a bacteria-reducing compound called thiosulfinate. Thiosulfonates promotes healthier teeth by reducing the production of plaque. Also, the fact that garlic and onions are both colorless just ensures that they will not stain teeth.


  • Water. Last but definitely not least, we have water. If you ever needed another reason to drink more water, how about the fact that it can help keep your pearly whites shining bright. In addition, drinking water during and after your meals helps rinse your mouth of any food particles and loose plaque.

As you can see there are many ways to naturally whiten teeth and maintain the brightness of your smile. Of course, for a better-looking and healthier smile, regular consumption of these foods isn’t enough. You should also be sure to make it a point to practice proper oral hygiene, and visit your dentist for checkups and professional cleanings on a regular basis.

If you would like to transform your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry, contact Barmy and Frick Prosthodontics in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for information regarding teeth whitening treatments.



What is a Smile Makeover? | Cosmetic Dentistry

smile transformationIf you’re one of the many people that are completely unhappy with your smile, and need more than one dental procedure or treatment to help improve your smile, a smile makeover may be the perfect choice for you!

A smile makeover is the process where the aim is to improve the overall appearance of the smile of a single person through a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, tooth colored fillings and so on.

The smile make over process takes into consideration the patients overall facial appearance, including skin tone, color of the patients hair, gum tissue and even lips, to create their ideal smile. Also, taken into consideration are the aspects of the patient’s smile that they like or dislike.

What are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?

Although the expenses that are involved in a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures are quiet pricey, to say the least, getting that perfect is worth it; for both aesthetic and health reasons. The following list includes the benefits of a smile makeover:

  • Increased Self-Esteem and Confidence- Increasing self-esteem and confidence are one of the main reasons that people are opting for smile makeovers in the first place. There is no shame in spending money to improve your smile, along with your self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Correct Bites- There are many cases, especially in orthodontics, braces and Invisalign aren’t just used for aesthetic reasons. Many times smile makeovers are done to correct a bite, which can also help improve or fix the function of a patients teeth and can even help prevent gum disease.
  • Jaw Atrophy Prevention– Patients with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants, which are great for prevent jaw atrophy, also known as jawbone deterioration. Dental implants also maintain a youthful and beautiful smile.
  • Lowered Risk of Tooth Decay and Cavities– When a patients teeth are chipped or broken, have excessive gaps in between teeth or cavities, it can all eventually lead to worsening dental problems. While cavity fillings are not a cosmetic dentistry procedure, having a tooth colored filling is more aesthetically pleasing. That and the use of porcelain crowns are made specifically to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth means patients no longer have to sacrifice aesthetics over function when it comes to preventing further dental complications.

Ranging from a simple teeth whitening, to the placing of dental implants and even a combination of cosmetic dentistry procedures, a smile makeover may be something you can benefit from, both health-wise and aesthetically.

If you’re ready transform your pearly whites with a smile makeover, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics at 925-934-5526 or visit to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.

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Walnut Creek Dentist | Cosmetic Dentistry | How does the Bonding Process Work?


There are two main types of cosmetic dental bonding procedures: direct composite bonding and adhesive binding. Direct composite bonding involves the precise placement of restorative material while in the adhesive bonding process, Drs. Barmby and Frick attach a restoration to a tooth using adhesive and a high intensity curing light.

Regardless of which cosmetic dental bonding procedure an individual chooses for their specific condition, both processes begin with Drs. Barmby and Frick using a rubber dam to isolate the teeth. This step prevents any interference from moisture that could potentially harm the bonding process. Drs. Barmby and Frick then apply a gentle phosphoric acid solution to the surface of the tooth. Not only is this step painless, but improves the surface to strengthen the bond of the composite and the adhesive. After about 15 seconds that acid can be removed and the liquid agent can finally be applied to finish the bonding process.  Some patients assume that all bonding procedures require anesthetic injections, however, Drs. Barmby and Frick ensure that the use of injections all depend on how severs the patient’s condition is.

If you are looking for a quick fast may to repair a chipped or cracked tooth, bonding is the ideal form of cosmetic dentistry for you. In order to determine which bonding procedure is best suitable for your case, consult Drs. Barmby and Frick today.

For more questions on dental bonding or aspects of cosmetic dentistry call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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Walnut Creek Dentist | What are Implant Supported Dentures?


According to Drs. Barmby and Frick, implant supported dentures are secured in place by dental implants, providing a stable denture foundation for patients. Not only do implant supported dentures improve comfort, but they improve your chewing abilities, appearance, speech, and confidence! Because traditional dentures simply rest on the gums, they are not as stable as implant supported dentures.

Drs. Barmby and Frick encourage their patients to invest in implant supported dentures to minimize further bone loss because a process called alveolar bone resorption begins once a tooth is lost. This process causes the boneyhousings that once encased and held the teeth in place to melt away beneath the chewing pressures of the dentures. For this reason, implant supported dentures are vital because once the dental implants are placed in the bone beneath the bone, they drastically slow the resorption process. Avoid allowing your teeth to further damage! Implant supported dentures are the solutions to your dental problems.

For more questions on implant supported dentures call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit

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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

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10 Advantages of Restorative Dental Crowns | Walnut Creek, California

A Dental Crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Dental Crowns have several uses such as to protect a weak or broken tooth. Also, Dental Crowns are used to cover a large filling or help support a dental bridge. Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick of Walnut Creek, CA lists the top 10 advantages of restorative Dental Crowns.

  1. Natural Looking – Porcelain and composite Dental Crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth.
  2. Durable – Last up to fifteen years depending on their care.
  3. Stain Resistant – Made from porcelain
  4. Cosmetic – Improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth
  5. Non-slippingDental Crowns are cemented or anchored in place
  6. ProtectionDental Crowns protect the tooth from further decay
  7. Restorative – Restores full function of your damaged tooth
  8. Comfort – Stable and do not irritate gums like partial dentures.
  9. Speech – Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. Dental Crowns replace the missing teeth and do not slip around, making speech sound more clear.
  10. Confidence – Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Dental Crowns help to make your smile beautiful again.

If you have a broken, chipped, stained or damaged tooth, contact Dr. Barmby and Dr. Frick at (925) 934-5526 or visit our website at

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