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By Cumberland Dental
February 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

In the past, injured or badly decayed teeth often had to be removed. Today, they often can be saved through root canal treatment. Root root canalcanal therapy will allow you to keep your tooth functional for decades. Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey of Cumberland Dental, which is located in Adelaide, SA, offer a full range of dental services. Here are five signs you may need a root canal.

1. You have a toothache.

Severe tooth pain upon chewing or application of pressure is a sign you may need a root canal. The pain can range from mild to severe. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain. Root canal treatment has the reputation of being painful. However, many patients have reported that the procedure is no more painful than getting a dental filling. 

2. Cold and hot bother you.

Prolonged sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures is a sign you may need a root canal. Tooth sensitivity causes a sharp pain when the tooth is exposed to cold and hot temperatures through beverages and foods. Your tooth will no longer be sensitive to cold and hot temperatures after root canal treatment.

3. Your gums are swollen.

Gum swelling is a sign that a root canal is needed. Gum inflammation is often associated with infection, although it doesn’t always mean an infection is present. The inflammation can range from being slight to quite pronounced.

4. You have a bump on your gum.

A pimple-like bump or swollen area on your gum is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. This bump may go away and then come back. This bump is usually an accumulation of pus, which is associated with infection. Your dentist will treat this by performing a root canal procedure.

5. You have a discolored tooth.

One discolored tooth is a sign that root canal treatment is needed. When the roots of the tooth that needs a root canal have died, the tooth may turn black, gray, brown, or dark yellow. Tooth discoloration is also related to trauma, damaged dental fillings, or severe decay, so visiting a dental professional for a checkup is recommended.

If you need a root canal, don't wait. Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 today to schedule a dental appointment in Adelaide, SA. Delaying a root canal will only lead to prolonged pain, suffering, and tooth loss.

By Cumberland Dental
December 04, 2017
Category: Braces
Tags: Braces   Six Month Smiles  

Have you ever wondered if braces could help your smile? If you are unsatisfied with your smile, braces can transform your teeth and give bracesyou a smile you will love. Braces straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and realign teeth that are out of place. At Cumberland Dental, Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey are your dentists for braces in Adelaide, SA.

Types of Braces

When it comes to braces, there are several options to choose from. The type of braces used will depend on various factors, such as whether the braces are for an adolescent or an adult. Whatever type of braces is selected, they are all effective methods for realigning and straightening teeth. Some of the different types of braces include traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white resin braces. Cumberland Dental is excited to also offer Invisalign and Six Month Smiles.

Traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and white braces all utilize brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The brackets are affixed to the teeth with a dental adhesive and remain in place until a dentist or an orthodontist removes them. Both ceramic and white braces offer a distinct advantage over traditional metal braces as they are much less conspicuous. The brackets for ceramic braces are less noticeable because they blend in with the teeth. 

Invisalign is an exciting alternative to more traditional types of braces. With Invisalign, there are no hard brackets or wires. Instead, clear aligner trays made of a flexible plastic material are used to straighten the teeth. The aligner trays are comfortable and can be easily removed to eat or to brush and floss the teeth.

Six Month Smiles is another innovative method for straightening teeth. Like other types of braces, brackets and wires are used to straighten the teeth with Six Month Smiles. The brackets and wires are clear and readily blend in so they are barely noticeable. Further, the dentist can straighten your smile in just six months, which is significantly faster than other types of braces in Adelaide.

If you want to achieve a straighter smile, braces can help. An experienced dentist can help you select the right type of braces to suit your needs. For braces in Adelaide,  schedule an appointment with Dr. Jack Gaffey or Dr. Angela Gaffey by calling Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, SA at (08) 8271 6233.

By Cumberland Dental
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   orthodontics  

Find out if this clear alternative to braces is what you need for a straighter smile.invisalign

Getting braces as an adult doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We know that no adult wants to wear metal on their teeth for all the world to see. Our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists Drs. Jack and Angela Gaffey believe that braces shouldn’t cramp your style, which is why we are pleased to offer Invisalign to our older teen and adult patients.

So, what are the benefits of getting these clear, customized removable aligners for straightening your smile?

A Clear Treatment

We know that you don’t want other people noticing that you have braces, particularly if you are getting braces as an adult. Instead of putting metal over your teeth our Cumberland Park, SA, general dentist will provide you with a series of clear trays that look similar to whitening trays.

Each aligner will fit snugly against your teeth to provide enough force to slowly move teeth into the proper position. Each aligner is made from flexible, completely clear plastic so people won’t be able to initially tell that you are even wearing braces. Isn’t this a much better option than metal brackets and wires?

A More Comfortable Option

Metal braces can certainly fix a variety of complex and complicated dental misalignments but it’s also true that the metal can be irritating for the tongue, cheeks and other soft tissue. Luckily, clear plastic aligners are more comfortable and won’t cause the same irritation to soft tissue that metal will. Sometimes you may even forget you are wearing them.

Eat What You Want

When you get traditional braces there are a lot of foods that are off limits until your braces come off. It can be sad to not be able to enjoy corn on the cob, a juicy steak or a baguette let alone just chew a piece of gum before a big interview. Luckily, Invisalign makes it possible to still enjoy all of your favorite foods while still getting the straighter smile you want. Sure, you’ll need to wear your aligners as much as possible but all you have to do is remove them prior to mealtimes. Just remember to rinse your aligners thoroughly and brush your teeth after meals before putting the aligners back on your teeth.

If you are ready to find out whether you should get Invisalign in Cumberland Park, SA, then it’s time you called Cumberland Dental today to schedule your consultation. Let’s get you the straighter smile you deserve.

By Cumberland Dental
August 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you feel poorly about the appearance of your smile, searching for the right procedure can seem overwhelming. Luckily, if gaps are your dental implantsmain concern, dental implants can replace your missing teeth and their roots to provide you with a renewed, rejuvenated smile. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Adelaide, SA and serving Cumberland Park.

Could dental implants help me? 
Dental implants replace a missing tooth and its root, meaning that, if you have a gap in your smile, dental implants can help restore function and appearances to your teeth. Filing in your gaps will prevent issues like drifting teeth and since the implant replaces the tooth’s root, bone atrophy. Implants are the most permanent and effective form of tooth replacement. Thanks to their design, they are made to last a lifetime.

What can I expect from a dental implant procedure?
Your dentist will implant your new teeth in two separate phases. During the first phase, your dentist prepares your teeth and mouth to receive the implants by clearing up any instances of decay or gum disease. Then, your dentist takes in an impression of your mouth for the dental laboratory to use as a guide while creating your replacement teeth. Your dentist implants the fixtures, small, screw-like posts which integrate into the jawbone to hold the implant in place. Phase two takes place after the initial implantation and successful integration. It will include placing the replacement tooth onto the fixture and ensuring a natural look.

Dental Implants in Adelaide and Cumberland Park
A good candidate for dental implants needs enough bone left underneath their missing tooth to provide a sturdy resting place for the implant’s fixture. If this is not the case, the patient may require a bone graft to rebuild the atrophied bone. A consultation with your dentist will help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants and if this procedure is the best treatment option for you.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Jack Gaffey and Dr. Angela Gaffey at Cumberland Dental in Adelaide, SA and serving Cumberland Park. Call (08) 8271 6233 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Cumberland Dental
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces are used for many reasons, either to improve a bad bite, crowded teeth or just a poorly-aligned jaw. Various things can change bracesthe misalignment of the teeth, whether an injury or thumb sucking. Children aged 7 to 14 are great candidates for braces as their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces entail additional procedures because the jaw development has stopped, but they are still a viable treatment procedure for many. Dr. Jack Gaffey from Cumberland Dental in Cumberland Park, Adelaide can examine each patient and determine whether they are a candidate for braces.

About Braces

Orthodontics focuses on correcting anything involving the jaw or the alignment of the teeth. Braces use wires and are one of several types including brackets that attach to the back teeth, metal or plastic brackets bonded or cemented to the teeth or conventional braces that use metal strips or bands.

Our dentist, Dr. Gaffey, will take a plaster cast of each patient’s teeth and perform x-rays. After the type of braces are chosen, they will be placed on the teeth. Over time, they will be adjusted to make sure they are moving the teeth and/or jaw in the proper position.

Braces today are lightweight. The amount of time the braces are worn will vary from patient to patient. Mild discomfort can occur after adjustments, but shouldn’t be felt any other time. Daily oral hygiene is imperative to keep the teeth and gums as healthy as possible during braces treatment.

To learn more about braces in Cumberland Park, Adelaide, schedule a consultation and full dental examination with Dr. Gaffey from Cumberland Dental today by calling (08) 8271-6233. With years of experience, he can give his expert advice on whether or not you are a candidate and which type of braces will suit your oral health situation. What are you waiting for?





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