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By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
December 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Say goodbye to adult tooth loss with the help of dental implants.

From severe periodontal diseases to traumatic injury, there are many reasons why you may end up losing one or more teeth as an adult. While this can certainly be distressing, it’s also comforting to know that right here in Aiken, SC, our dentist, Dr. Thomas Payton, offers a full range of restorative dental services to be able to replace your missing teeth on your own terms.

Today, one of the most popular tooth replacement options is a dental implant, a small metal post that is placed into the jawbone to replace your tooth roots. Once the post is placed into the jawbone, the bone and tissue will begin to heal around it. While this integration can take several months to complete, once the implant and bone have fully fused together, then our Aiken, SC, cosmetic dentist can place the dental crown over the metal post to complete the restoration. An implant can be used to replace one, several or even all of your teeth.

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

This process will be different for everyone, and our dentist can discuss this with you in a more in-depth fashion during your consultation. There are many factors that can influence the length of the treatment process, including your age, health, how many dental implants are being placed, and the location of the placement.

Once the implant is placed, it can take up to six months for the bone and tissue to heal and fuse with the implant (known as osseointegration). This healing process is crucial to the success of a dental implant, and our dental team must wait until osseointegration is complete before we can place the next part of the implant.

Who can receive dental implants?

Most healthy adults can benefit from receiving implants if they are missing one or more teeth. Current denture wearers who are looking for a more comfortable and more natural functioning set of teeth can also turn to implants.

Since implants require surgery, we will need to make sure that you are in tip-top shape. Ideal candidates will be in good health with healthy gums and jawbone that are free of damage or disease. We will go through your medical history to determine if there are certain conditions that could affect your treatment to determine whether implants are right for you. Don’t forget to bring your questions along with you to your consultation!

Interested? Give us a call

Do you have questions about dental implants? Want to find out if implants are right for you? Then call Payton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Aiken, SC, at (803) 649-5558 to schedule your consultation.

By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
July 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

If you are suffering from tooth pain, it can be quite distressing. The pain can take over your life, making it difficult to sleep and get through your day. Fortunately, there is a cure for tooth pain—it’s called root canal therapy, and it's a simpler procedure than you might realize. Here at Payton Cosmetic Dentistry in Aiken, SC, Dr. Thomas E. Payton offers a full range of dental services, including root canal therapy, to help you smile again. Read on to learn more.

Save your smile

So, how do you know if you need root canal therapy? The truth is, only your dentist can tell for sure, but you may begin to notice telltale signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Acute, stabbing pain when you chew or bite down
  • Increasing pain when you consume hot, cold, or sugary foods or beverages
  • Chronic, aching, or throbbing pain that doesn’t ever go away
  • A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage, blood, or pus coming out of the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that appears noticeably darker or grayer than its neighbors

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, there is a good chance that you may need root canal therapy, making it a good time to go visit Dr. Payton. Once in his office, your dentist can use all of the latest diagnostic tools including testing and imaging to look for dark areas around tooth roots. These are sure signs of bone destruction, indicating that you have a dental abscess and need a root canal.

Root canal treatment begins with a thorough numbing of the problem area in order to ensure a discomfort free procedure. Next, the infected tissue is removed and the tooth is packed with a sedative material, thus eliminating inflammation, pressure, and pain. Now that your tooth is no longer painful, an inert material is placed inside the tooth. The tooth is given a small filling, and your root canal is complete!

Need relief? Contact us

Don’t let tooth pain interrupt your life when help is just a phone call away—dial (803) 649-5558 now and schedule an appointment with Payton Cosmetic Dentistry in Aiken, SC, today!

By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
March 25, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Bridges  

Learn about crowns and bridges from your Aiken, SC dentist. 
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, crowns or bridges may be your best option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.

What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges? 
A crown is a whole covering, commonly made of porcelain, metal or ceramic material, that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. It is bonded on top of a healthy rooted tooth that needs strengthening and protection. A bridge is a device that uses two crowns to fill in a gap in the smile from a missing tooth. The crowns cover the two adjacent teeth, called abutments. The center of the bridge called a pontic, is a false tooth that is designed to fit in with the rest of your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth have to be healthy to support it. A dentist must examine the inside of the tooth using X-rays to confirm that the tooth is healthy enough for a crown. Patients who have root canal therapy are also candidates for crowns.

Who Needs Bridges?
Someone who has one or two missing teeth and wants a reasonably secure and semi-permanent solution may benefit from bridges. The bridge is needed to help make it easier to process food, maintain the structure of the jawline and give the patient a smile to be proud of. The abutment teeth have to be healthy enough to support a crown. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.

How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can last for between five to 15 years or even longer if you take care of your teeth. But no worries, because when the time comes your dentist can redo the crown or bridge and give you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.

Contact your Aiken, SC Dentist
Call your Aiken, SC dentist to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better smile. These two restorative treatments can help fix a number of common dental problems.

By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
December 20, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Welcome to the Blog of Payton Cosmetic Dentistry

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Aiken, SC area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health. 

As always, feel free to contact our Payton Cosmetic Dentistry office with any dental questions or concerns.

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