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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
April 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other healthcare organizations recommend breastfeeding as the best means for infant feeding. While bottle feeding can supply the nutrition necessary for a baby's healthy development, breastfeeding also provides emotional benefits for both baby and mother.

But there might be an obstacle in a baby's mouth that prevents them from getting a good seal on the mother's breast nipple—a small band of tissue called a frenum. This term describes any tissue that connects a soft part of the mouth like the upper lip or tongue to a more rigid structure like the gums or the floor of the mouth, respectively.

Although a normal part of anatomy, frenums that are too short, thick or inelastic can restrict a baby's lip or tongue movement and prevent an adequate seal while nursing. The baby may adjust by chewing rather than sucking on the nipple. Besides a painful experience for the mother, the baby may still not receive an adequate flow of breast milk.

Bottle-feeding is an option since it may be easier for a baby with abnormal frenums to negotiate during nursing. But the problem might also be alleviated with a minor surgical procedure to snip the frenum tissue and allow more freedom of movement.

Often performed in the office, we would first numb the frenum and surrounding area with a topical anesthetic, sometimes accompanied by injection into the frenum if it's abnormally thick. After the numbing takes effect, we gently expose the tissue and cut it with either surgical scissors or a laser, the latter of which may involve less bleeding and discomfort. The baby should be able to nurse right away.

If you wait later to undergo the procedure, the baby may already have developed compensation habits while nursing. It may then be necessary for a lactation consultant to help you and your baby "re-learn" normal nursing behavior. It's much easier, therefore, to attempt this procedure earlier rather than later to avoid extensive re-training.

While there's little risk, frenum procedures are still minor surgery. You should, therefore, discuss your options completely with your dental provider. Treating an abnormal frenum, though, could be the best way to realize the full benefits of breastfeeding.

If you would like more information on treating tongue or lip ties, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Payton Cosmetic Dentistry
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  

While children are less likely than adults to experience periodontal (gum) disease, the same can't be said for tooth decay. One aggressive form of decay called early childhood caries (ECC) can have a profound effect on a child's dental development and future health.

That's why dentists who treat young children often use a variety of preventive measures to reduce the risk of ECC and other dental diseases. One popular method is dental sealants, dental material coatings applied to the biting surfaces of teeth that fill in the naturally occurring pits and crevices. These areas are highly susceptible to plaque formation, a bacterial biofilm of food particles that tends to accumulate on teeth. It's the bacteria that live in plaque that are most responsible for the formation of tooth decay.

Roughly one third of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have received some form of dental sealant. It's a quick and painless procedure applied during a routine office visit. The dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form on the teeth, and then hardens it with a special curing light. It's common for children to begin obtaining sealant protection as their molars begin to come in.

With their increased popularity among dentists, researchers have conducted a number of studies to see whether dental sealants have a measurable effect reducing tooth decay. After reviewing the cases of thousands of children over several years, many of these studies seemed to show that children who didn't receive sealants were more than twice as likely to get cavities as children who did.

As evidence continues to mount for dental sealants' effectiveness protecting young children from decay, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommend it for all children. Not only can sealants help preserve children's teeth now, but they can reduce future costs for dental treatment that results from tooth decay.

If you would like more information on children's dental sealants and other decay prevention measures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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.

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