Dentures Can Be A Solution For Your Missing Teeth At Any Age

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Dr Geoffrey Deeb

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While dentures are often associated with old age, dentures and implant supported dentures can be the solution for your missing teeth…

The reason for getting dentures is to replace any missing teeth in your mouth, whether that might be all your teeth or just a few, dentures might be the solution for you. While dentures are most commonly associated with the elderly the fact is that anyone at any age can benefit from dentures if they are missing teeth. At Geoffrey Debb Dental in Holland Park we can do a full assessment on your mouth to determine the best treatment for your missing teeth, this may involve dentures, crowns, bridges or implants.

Breaking the elderly stigma attached to dentures…

Dentures or ‘false teeth’ are used to replace missing teeth; this treatment equally applies to people who are missing a few teeth as much as it applies to those who have lost all of their teeth, regardless of their age. Dentures look and behave in the same way as your natural teeth and are a popular alternative to missing teeth. It would probably surprise you how many people under the age of 30 have implants or implanted supported dentures. Because they look so natural many dentures go unnoticed and can provide a great solution for missing teeth at any age.

There are a couple types of dentures…

  • Full or complete dentures: these are designed to replace all the missing teeth in both your upper and lower jaw. We do both the conventional type of denture, which is designed to be worn a month after full tooth extraction and immediate dentures that can be worn straightaway but will require some adjustments later on.
  •  Partial dentures: this type of denture replaces the spaces left by a few missing teeth. There are two types of partial denture: fixed and removable.
  •  Dental Implants: they are rooted in the bone, there is no artificial plastic on the roof of the mouth, and the need for adhesives and denture creams is eliminated, these dentures are permanently fixed to the implants.

Are dentures right for me?

At Geoffrey Debb Dental we will do a full mouth assessment to determine the best treatment for your missing teeth. Replacing your missing teeth should be a priority the teeth that are situated next to any gaps may start to sag inwards which can cause problems with biting and chewing food. Your teeth provide shape and tone to your cheeks so tooth loss can cause them to take on a sunken, drawn appearance. By leaving your missing teeth untreated, your jaw may also start to lose bone density. This can happen because the vital nutrients that live in the roots of your teeth and that help to maintain bone tissue are missing which can prevent your mouth from stimulating bone growth.

Here at Geoffrey Debb Dental in Holland Park we will evaluate your current and past oral heath to develop an appropriate plan for your missing teeth. Missing teeth may result from periodontal gum disease, tooth decay, an accident or injury, and while you may feel that losing a couple of teeth isn’t a big problem there can be long term consequences of this, which is why it is so important to contact us as soon as possible.

No longer do people need to associate denture with old age, new modern technology and techniques have allowed us to replace your teeth with natural and undetectable options. If you are suffering from tooth loss don’t feel embarrassed inquiring about dentures. Replacing your gaps in your smile with dentures will not age you, but leaving the gaps, that can cause your jaw to deteriorate, and your cheeks to sink in and that can certainly age the appearance of your face.

 If you are missing teeth and would like to enquire about our denture or cosmetic treatment options please don’t hesitate to call 07 3397 1923 or contact us online

Tooth Decay & Gum Disease Are Leading Causes for Tooth Extractions.

Experiencing oral health problems is very common but the further development of tooth decay and gum disease can lead to your teeth requiring extraction…

It is very easy to neglect our teeth in this day and age, but unfortunately short term and long term neglect can lead to serious consequences. A severely infected tooth becomes a threat to your oral health when the problem is not fixable with other restorative or preventive dental treatments. It will be a professional’s opinion to suggest extraction to avoid the rest of your teeth following suit or causing permanent damage. At Dr Geoffrey Deeb’s Dental in Holland Park we understand that extraction is a very delicate subject but restorative treatments are available in the event of an extraction.

Severe tooth decay can cause your inner tooth pulp to become infected…

Tooth decay occurs when teeth are exposed to erosive bacteria such as plaque and tartar. When these substances ‘attack’ the tooth they erode the enamel which is the outermost protective layer of the tooth. Enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body so it takes a lot of time and bacteria to erode it so badly that the inner layers (dentine and tooth pulp) are exposed. Extraction will be required if the tooth pulp (innermost layer) becomes so infected that a root canal therapy treatment will not be able to heal it. Tooth pulp contains nerve endings and blood vessels so there is a risk that the infection/tooth decay can spread to your other teeth and cause them problems if the threat is not removed.

Periodontal disease can cause your tooth roots to become exposed and deteriorate…

Gum disease is one of the most underestimated oral health problems that can be easily treated if caught early on. The earliest form of gum disease is gingivitis which is the inflammation and swelling of the gums. This is treatable with good dental hygiene and cleaning bacteria from the gums (which are causing the irritation) but if the gums are neglected for too long it can progress to periodontitis which will require professional treating. Periodontitis or ‘periodontal disease’ causes the gums to recede and separate from the tooth allowing the bacteria to form between the tooth and gums. This can eat away at the tooth roots and ruin the structure for the tooth that keeps it from wobbling and falling out. Extraction will be required if the gums are too infected to support the tooth and if the tooth roots have started to die.

If my tooth has to be extracted what can Dr Geoffry Deeb do to replace it?

In the event of an extraction Dr Geoffrey Deeb at his practice in Holland Park offers dental implants. Dental implants can also benefit those people who have lost their teeth during accidents or severe tooth decay or gum disease. Dental implants are titanium rods that are inserted into the jawbone where the extracted tooth once stood. This will act as the tooth root and will give a prosthetic/porcelain tooth a place to be attached too. Replacing extracted teeth is incredibly important to encourage oral health and to prevent further dental complications from occurring such as tooth migration and jaw bone reabsorption. Dental implants can last a very long time if taken care of and are the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Would you like to find out about our preventive treatments, our extraction procedures or our dental implants? You can call Geoffrey Deeb Dental today on 07 3397 1923 to book an appointment with us for an oral assessment. 

Are You Grinding You Sleep- Five Tell Tale Signs That You Are Grinding In Your Sleep

Grinding is one of the most damaging habits one can do over an extended period of time, so if you are not sure whether you are a grinder, come visit us at Geoffrey Deeb Dental so we can assess you oral health…

Grinding or ‘bruxism’ is something that many do not realise they are suffering from until it is pointed out by a partner, family member or if the grinding is so bad it actually wakens you from sleep. Grinding is the act of physically pushing your teeth against each other and applying pressure. In the long term this act is extremely damaging to your oral health and wellbeing. At Geoffrey Deeb Dental we can help patients who may believe they are suffering from grinding by giving them an oral health assessment. If you believe you are suffering from grinding consider the five tell-tale signs:

1# Worn teeth…

Your teeth are made up of three layers –enamel, dentine and tooth pulp. In the event of tooth grinding your teeth will rub against each other and this can cause the enamel to erode. This enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body and it takes a lot of force to cause them to erode. If your teeth are noticeably worn down you are more than likely a grinder at night and have been for a while.

2# Daytime fatigue…

Are you sleepy throughout the day? Those who suffer grinding will find that they do not get a decent night’s sleep. Many who grind in their sleep will find that they can suffer sleep apnoea which is obstructed sleep and will prevent them from completing sleep cycles. To get a good night’s sleep it is important to complete every stage of sleep (a cycle) in order for your body to ‘reboot’ and wake up feeling ‘well rested’.

3# Jaw pain…

Over activity such as grinding can put a stress on your jaw muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This stress can cause problems such as jaw pain, clicking, aching, jaw locking, difficulty eating and sensitivity. If you experience any pain in your jaw we urge you to seek attention before it develops into temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).

4# Earaches…

The ears are closely located next to the TMJ so any overactivity in the joint will irritate the ear canals. Problems such as earaches, infections, clogging and itching can all be directly related to grinding.

5# Tooth sensitivity…

Similar to number 1#, if your teeth are being worn down the dentine inside your teeth will become exposed. Underneath the dentine is tooth pulp which is made up of nerve endings and blood vessels that keep your teeth healthy, in the event that the enamel is weakened it increases the sensitivity of your teeth.

At Geoffrey Deeb Dental our head dentist Dr Geoffrey Deeb can assess your oral health for signs of Bruxism…

Grinding can cause considerate damage to your oral health and wellbeing, it can take a very long time to remedy so it is extremely important to fix the problem before allowing your ears, teeth and jaw to suffer any further development problems in the future. At Geoffrey Deeb we are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and will dedicate ourselves to helping you in the event of tooth grinding. Our oral health assessments can help you determine the degree of your grinding and what preventive methods we can use to help in your time of need.

Would you like to find out if you are a bruxist (grinder)? You can call Geoffrey Deeb Dental today on 07 3397 1923 to book an appointment for an oral assessment.

Teeth Grinding Will Grind Away Your Dental Health

Posted on May 29, 2012 by Dr Geoffrey Deeb

Welcome to our new blog! Here you will find updates about the dental industry and our practice that are relevant to you.

Our first post will explore a mysterious disorder that can strike sufferers in the dead of night and continue to affect their oral health without their knowledge. This sneaky disorder is known as Bruxism or teeth grinding and is found typically in children and young adults.

Adding to the mysterious nature of Bruxism is the fact that the direct cause of this disorder is unknown.

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