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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
December 25, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crown DiagramDamaged teeth are embarrassing, but modern dentistry has state of the art technology to help you deal with this issue. Dr. Frank Skiba offers his patients dental crowns at his Walnut Creek, CA, office to mask unsightly teeth.

Dental Crowns in Walnut Creek

A dental crown is made out of porcelain or ceramic. Unlike veneers, however, crowns don't just cover the front of your teeth. They're caps that fit over the unattractive, decayed, or damaged tooth. Crowns can even be used to replace a missing tooth when your dentist installs a dental bridge over your gums.

  1. Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth and begin drilling to file down the tooth, so it fits under the crown.
  2. A crown is designed at a laboratory using impressions taken of your teeth. Your doctor takes impressions of your teeth so that laboratory technicians can mold a crown that'll fit perfectly over your tooth.
  3. The permanent crown is cemented over the tooth.

Dental Care

  • Receiving fluoride treatment and using fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Flossing at least once before bed
  • Avoiding tobacco, smoking, and drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Drinking fluoride-containing water, to prevent issues like gum disease and tooth decay
  • Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque
  • Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, at least, while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas


  • They cover restorative procedures such as dental implants and root canals.
  • They give your teeth reinforcement, therefore improving your bite and capability to chew.
  • Crowns also support fillings that have been dislocated.
  • Several crowns can be used if you have more than one tooth that needs to be covered.

If you have any questions or concerns, call Dr. Frank Skiba at his Walnut Creek, CA, office today!

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
July 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

A smile research study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than a third of Americans aren’t happy veneerswith how their teeth look, and they want to explore methods of improvement. A better smile can give you better results in various areas of life—it offers social, professional, and personal advantages. As you’re thinking of options for how to improve your smile, consider the advantages of choosing veneers, a cosmetic treatment available at Dr. Frank Skiba’s dentist office in Walnut Creek, CA.

No Need to Wait Long
A veneer treatment is usually finished in about three weeks. So, in less than a month you could have a completely different smile—just in time for your next big social or professional affair. First, X-rays determine whether your front teeth are healthy enough to maintain veneers. Next, a tiny layer of enamel is removed from the tooth to make room for each veneer and dental impressions are made. A few weeks later, your veneers will be ready to install (bonded, contoured, and polished). 

An Unbeatable Smile
The main reason why patients want veneers is because they look fantastic. They are thin but tough and completely hide unattractive dental imperfections, including chips, cracks, discoloration, and gaps. Veneers not only upgrade your smile, they also brighten up your whole face. Modern dental technology allows your Walnut Creek dentist to craft veneers that don’t look fake, square, or chunky—they will look contoured, smooth, and natural.

Long-Wearing Beauty 
When you have your teeth treated with veneers, your smile will look good for so long that might forget you ever had it restored. Many patients have them for about 10 years. Maintaining your dental health could keep your veneers looking fresh, bright, and beautiful for even longer than that. Scheduling regular six-month cleanings with your dentist will also extend the life of your veneers.

A Smile with Veneers
Can you imagine what your smile will look like with veneers? It could be a life-changing experience. Call the office of Dr. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, at 925-934-8149 to schedule a cosmetic consultation.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
November 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Smile problems? You can get the smile of your dreams with cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that creates a cosmetic dentistrypositive change to your teeth and smile. Dr. Frank Skiba is one of the finest dentists in Walnut Creek, CA. Read on to determine which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. 

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material to the tooth and hardening it with a curing light. Dental bonding is used to repair chipped, decayed, and cracked teeth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth and make teeth look longer. Very little enamel is removed with the bonding procedure, which gives it an advantage over options like dental veneers and crowns. 

2. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are placed over teeth. When cemented into place, they encase the entire portion of the teeth that lies above the gum line. Crowns can correct discoloration, chips, crookedness, fractures, cracks, and more. Dental crowns also strengthen the teeth and improve tooth function. They can withstand chewing forces well. 

3. Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or multiple missing teeth by joining a false tooth/teeth permanently to dental implants or adjacent teeth. A bridge can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. A bridge can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. 

4. Teeth Whitening

Want a dazzling smile? In-office teeth whitening involves combining tooth whitening gel with a special light to speed up the whitening process. In-office teeth whitening can make your teeth 8 to 10 shades lighter in about 45 minutes. Professional take-home whitening involves custom-fitted, bleaching trays filled with a bleaching gel that you can use at home. A take-home treatment can make your teeth several shades lighter in one or two weeks. 

5. Dental Implants

There's no need to go through life with missing teeth. Dental implants can fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. Dental implants are a type of false teeth which mount to posts that are surgically implanted in the jawbone by a dentist. Dental implants look, feel, and act like real teeth.

6. Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are wafer-thin shells of medical-grade ceramic (porcelain), which are bonded to the front of teeth. These porcelain shells improve the aesthetics of a smile and protect the tooth's surface from damage. Veneers are used to restore teeth that are discolored, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or worn down. Consult with a dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, to find out if veneers are right for you.

Ready to make a change in your life? Call our dental office at 925-934-8149 now to schedule an appointment in Walnut Creek, CA. Cosmetic dentistry won't just improve your smile; it will also improve your confidence, self-esteem and overall quality of life.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

If you've been considering a cosmetic dental procedure to enhance the appearance of your teeth, you've likely heard of veneers. These veneersamazing restorations combine several procedures into one by covering up a multitude of cosmetic flaws in your smile, but you make still have some questions about them. Dr. Frank Skiba, your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, has answered some common inquiries about veneers in this blog post.

What do veneers fix?

While veneers from your dentist don't repair decay or other health issues, they do change the appearance of your teeth by covering up a variety of physical problems that can occur in your smile. Whitening-resistant stains, chips, cracks and other signs of breakage, alignment issues like overlapping or gaps, and genetic flaws in the shape of your teeth become flawless once veneers are placed over them.

How are veneers made?

Veneers are crafted from porcelain, a high-quality ceramic material that has been used for dental restorations since the late 1800's. Porcelain's strength as well as its natural light color make it an excellent replacement for natural teeth. Using measurements taken by your Walnut Creek dentist, computer-aided machines carefully carve out slices of porcelain for each veneer that are only about half the width of a dime. Each veneer is then smoothed, shaped, and painted to be perfectly realistic. The finished products, which usually consist of between four and ten veneers, are then sent to Dr. Skiba for placement.

How are veneers placed?

Your dentist will start by removing a very thin layer of enamel, the hard outer covering of your natural teeth, with a buffing tool. This ensures that your new veneers will fit comfortably and attractively. Each veneer is then bonded to the corresponding tooth and any adjustments are made at that time.

Veneers might sound too good to be true, but when you schedule a consultation with your dentist Dr. Skiba in Walnut Creek, CA, they'll become a reality! Contact our office today.