Announcement from Berkeley Prosthodontics (updated April 2, 2020): NOTICE OF TEMPORARY CLOSURE
Dear Berkeley Prosthodontics Patients,
In light of the evolving pandemic and strong suggestions by public health officials, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our practice from March 16, 2020 to May 3, 2020. We do not make this decision lightly, however our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, staff and community. If you have an appointment scheduled with us during those weeks, our office will be in touch to help reschedule your appointment. In the case of emergency situations, we WILL have a dentist on call.
If you need emergency dental care, please call Dr. Au’s emergency dental line at 1-925-529-4704.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and the guidance from the county, state and the CDC. For now, we will determine on a weekly basis when it is appropriate for us to return to our normal business hours.
Again, please understand that we are making this decision with the health and well-being of our patients, our families, our team and our community in mind. We thank you for your patience during this challenging time and wish all of you continued health.
Sincerely, Amy Au, Barbara Curtis, and the Berkeley Prosthodontics Dental Team
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As with any medical procedure, healing and recovery times are different for everyone. In general, though, healing can take as little as months or as long as a year.
The usual procedure for placing an implant is as follows:
Dr. Amy Au performs a thorough evaluation and exam to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. She uses state-of-the-art cone beam technology (CBCT) to identify anatomical structures and plan the optimal placement of your implant as needed.
Next, she places the titanium post in your jaw and allows it to heal. Healing involves a process called osseointegration, where surrounding bone and tissue grow around and accept the biocompatible implant. The time this process takes depends on multiple factors including general health, smoking history, and the quality of surrounding bone.
During the healing phase of implant placement, routine visits with Dr. Au will be required to ensure that the dental implant takes in the best possible way.
When considering a procedure like dental implant placement, it’s important for you to have all the facts. If you are thinking about implants and have questions, please call Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry so we can arrange a convenient consultation.