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Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson

Dentist

Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson is a top Dentist in Kingston, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Kingston, North Carolina, Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
16 years Experience
Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson
  • Kinston, NC
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Accepting new patients

How do you make gingivitis go away?

Improving brushing and flossing will help, but if there is calculus present (which is most likely the case), you will need to see a dentist. Calculus can only be removed by the READ MORE
Improving brushing and flossing will help, but if there is calculus present (which is most likely the case), you will need to see a dentist. Calculus can only be removed by the dentist/hygienist.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Can a decaying wisdom tooth cause headaches?

While headaches can come from various triggers, if you are having a toothache along with the headache, then it’s very likely that the tooth pain is causing the headaches. It’s READ MORE
While headaches can come from various triggers, if you are having a toothache along with the headache, then it’s very likely that the tooth pain is causing the headaches. It’s not always the case, but toothaches can certainly trigger headaches.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

What can I eat before a bone graft?

If you are not being sedated, then it doesn’t matter about eating. If you are being sedated or put to sleep completely, you cannot eat beforehand. Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S. READ MORE
If you are not being sedated, then it doesn’t matter about eating. If you are being sedated or put to sleep completely, you cannot eat beforehand.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

What can I do to stop tooth pain at home?

There is nothing that can “stop” it at home, but there are some things to try to mask the pain. Tylenol and ibuprofen can be take for pain. You can take 600mg of Ibuprofen every READ MORE
There is nothing that can “stop” it at home, but there are some things to try to mask the pain. Tylenol and ibuprofen can be take for pain. You can take 600mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours and alternate with Tylenol 2 tablets every 6 hours. So, you would take 600 mg of ibuprofen then 3 hours later take Tylenol and then 3 hours after that take the ibuprofen again. That will help mask the pain a little. You can also use over the counter products that will help numb the area. Ambesol or Oragel works okay. Those are the best options at home. If possible, try and get to a dentist just to have them evaluate you. They may be able to treat you with some medicine for now and not treat the tooth until after you get settled.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Why are toothaches worst at night?

Toothaches are typically worse at night for most people. This occurs because mainly during the day our brains are busy doing other things and it’s occupied completing many other READ MORE
Toothaches are typically worse at night for most people. This occurs because mainly during the day our brains are busy doing other things and it’s occupied completing many other functions, and so it just doesn’t notice the pain. At night the brain is not as active and so it will pick up on the pain a little more. It’s mainly just that the brain will perceive the pain more when it’s not busy doing other things.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

How do you know if you have a wisdom tooth infection?

Yes, it’s possible there is an infection present with the tooth. Infections typically have some swelling associated with it. There could also be a large cavity in the tooth that READ MORE
Yes, it’s possible there is an infection present with the tooth. Infections typically have some swelling associated with it. There could also be a large cavity in the tooth that is irritating the pulp (nerve) and causing you pain. There is not an infection with this situation, but the treatment would still be to take the tooth out.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Can an infected root canal tooth be saved?

It’s possible that the tooth could be saved. The thing that would need to be determined is why the first root canal failed. That could be various reasons. There could be an extra READ MORE
It’s possible that the tooth could be saved. The thing that would need to be determined is why the first root canal failed. That could be various reasons. There could be an extra canal that was not seen the first time. There could have been incomplete instrumentation of the canals leaving bacteria behind that have reinfected the tooth. In both of those scenarios the tooth could be treated again and the tooth saved. Another possible scenario could be that there is a crack in the root. In this case the tooth would never be completely sealed and it would not be possible for the tooth to be saved. It would need an extraction at that point. There are some situations and some teeth that cannot be completely cleaned out for various reasons and will need to be extracted and replaced.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

How can dry socket be prevented?

There is really nothing that can help treat it at home. The socket needs to be packed to help relieve the symptoms. Preventing a dry socket involves not smoking, no drinking through READ MORE
There is really nothing that can help treat it at home. The socket needs to be packed to help relieve the symptoms. Preventing a dry socket involves not smoking, no drinking through a straw, no carbonated beverages or alcohol. Taking things easy for a few days helps as well.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Why do my gums bleed in the mornings?

It is quite possible that you have “gum” disease. Gingivitis is one possible problem. This is just inflammation of the gums. You will see bleeding on brushing and flossing. Periodontal READ MORE
It is quite possible that you have “gum” disease. Gingivitis is one possible problem. This is just inflammation of the gums. You will see bleeding on brushing and flossing. Periodontal disease is another possible cause. This is more serious. This is not only inflammation of the gums but inflammation of the bone around the the teeth. This is characterized by bone loss and bleeding for sure. There are some systemic conditions that can cause gums to bleed. An exam by a dentist with X-rays is needed to determine what the cause is.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Can a cracked dental bridge be repaired?

Yes, it’s possible to be repaired. If the bridge can be tapped off without damaging the teeth underneath, the bridge can be successfully repaired. Check with your dentist to discuss READ MORE
Yes, it’s possible to be repaired. If the bridge can be tapped off without damaging the teeth underneath, the bridge can be successfully repaired. Check with your dentist to discuss your options.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Is scaling of teeth painful?

Most of the time during a scaling procedure the patient is numb, so no pain should be felt during the actual procedure. There is some soreness for a few days afterward, but nothing READ MORE
Most of the time during a scaling procedure the patient is numb, so no pain should be felt during the actual procedure. There is some soreness for a few days afterward, but nothing too severe.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

How long does a dry socket last with medication?

If you have a dry socket, the paste or packing should relieve the pain quickly. If it does not or if the pain went away and is coming back it may need to be packed again. There READ MORE
If you have a dry socket, the paste or packing should relieve the pain quickly. If it does not or if the pain went away and is coming back it may need to be packed again. There also could be an infection present if the pain did not resolve with the paste. If you are still hurting you should return to your dentist.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Should I have gum pain after getting a tooth pulled?

Yes, gum pain and soreness is normal after an extraction for a week to 2 weeks. As long as there is no swelling, then it’s not likely that there is an infection present. You should READ MORE
Yes, gum pain and soreness is normal after an extraction for a week to 2 weeks. As long as there is no swelling, then it’s not likely that there is an infection present. You should improve over the next few days to a week.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Can I take pain medicine for tooth pain?

You can take pain medicine to keep you comfortable, but you need to see a dentist ASAP. The pain will most likely not improve until it is properly treated. Dr. Brandon Nicholson, READ MORE
You can take pain medicine to keep you comfortable, but you need to see a dentist ASAP. The pain will most likely not improve until it is properly treated.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Can I eat before my wisdom tooth removal?

If you are going to be sedated for the extraction, then you do not need to eat. If you are not being sedated and are just being “numbed,” then you can eat. I hope that helps. Dr. READ MORE
If you are going to be sedated for the extraction, then you do not need to eat. If you are not being sedated and are just being “numbed,” then you can eat.
I hope that helps.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

How can I help my child stop grinding his teeth?

Unfortunately, there is not a way to get them to stop as this is done in an unconscious state usually. A lot of kids “grow out” of it at some point. I do not typically recommend READ MORE
Unfortunately, there is not a way to get them to stop as this is done in an unconscious state usually. A lot of kids “grow out” of it at some point. I do not typically recommend a night guard for kids as this could impede natural tooth eruption and growth. If this continues into late adolescence and adulthood a night guard would be recommended. A thorough TMJ evaluation would need to be done before that is done.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Why are my gums turning brown?

If they are bleeding and a little painful it could be a sign of gingivitis or early periodontal disease. A thorough dental exam is needed to determine the cause.

The tooth where I need a root canal isn't bothering me. Why do I need it?

Without looking at you and an X-ray I can’t be 100% sure about this, but I would assume the doctor saw something on an X-ray that would indicate you have a dead nerve and chronic READ MORE
Without looking at you and an X-ray I can’t be 100% sure about this, but I would assume the doctor saw something on an X-ray that would indicate you have a dead nerve and chronic abscess at the root of your tooth. With it being chronic, these are asymptomatic. The reason for doing the root canal is that they can turn acute and cause a significant amount of pain and swelling. It’s done to prevent those negative outcomes from occurring. I hope this helps.

Are braces the only way to fix buck teeth?

Most of the time, “buck teeth” would have to be fixed with braces or some other orthodontic appliance. Sometimes they can be fixed with crowns or veneers depending on the the degree READ MORE
Most of the time, “buck teeth” would have to be fixed with braces or some other orthodontic appliance. Sometimes they can be fixed with crowns or veneers depending on the the degree of how far they stick out. But as a general rule, some form of braces would have to be involved to correct this issue. A dentist will do a thorough evaluation and give you all your options based on your specific circumstances.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.

Is tooth sensitivity a sign of decay?

A lot of things can cause sensitivity. Decay is one of them and it can be sensitivity to sweets and/or cold. Recession, clenching and grinding, cracked teeth, unbalanced or heavy READ MORE
A lot of things can cause sensitivity. Decay is one of them and it can be sensitivity to sweets and/or cold. Recession, clenching and grinding, cracked teeth, unbalanced or heavy bite, and even sinus pain or pressure can cause sensitivity. Best to have a dentist check everything to determine the cause and treat accordingly.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.