Dr. Nicholson is a well-versed dentist who is currently serving patients dental needs at Kinston Dental Associates in Kinston, North Carolina, where he practices alongside Dr. Craig Marva. Dr. Nicholson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. Dr. Nicholson attributes his success to being a hard worker, striving for perfection, continuously focusing on patient care, as well as treating patients like family. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Education and Training
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree 2005
Dr. Brandon Nicholson, DDS's Expert Contributions
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
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. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
A good fitting denture should not make your gums or mouth sore. You should see your dentist and get an adjustment. Almost all dentures need adjustments at some point. Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S. READ MORE
Typically, cracks in teeth come from excessive forces being applied to the teeth. This could be the result of an unbalanced bite or clenching and grinding teeth. Treatment would consist of checking and balancing the bite to distribute forces equally across your teeth. Most teeth with cracks will need crowns to restore, protect and cover them so they will look better cosmetically and keep cracks from propagating. If clenching and grinding are a factor, I would recommend a screening to rule out sleep apnea as clenching could be a sign of an airway issue. If sleep apnea is ruled out, then a night guard/occlusal guard would be recommended to protect the teeth from further damage. Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S. READ MORE
Grinding your teeth can damage your teeth in the short term and long term. It can cause you to crack teeth and over time wear away your enamel down into the dentin, which is the softer layer your teeth. Once this is exposed, the wear can progress even faster. I would advise you to seek the care of a dentist to see if the cause of your grinding could be figured out. It could be related to how your teeth line up with one another or a TMJ problem or even an airway problem. READ MORE
This is a little bit late to not have any teeth, although not completely out of the question. Teeth usually begin to erupt around age 1 and can vary from there. I would seek the advice of your dentist to see if they can determine if there are any on the way. There are some syndromes where children do not develop teeth, however there would be many other signs and symptoms that your child would have along with that. If your child has normal overall health then a syndrome is unlikely. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Lenoir County Dental Society
Professional Society Memberships
- American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Lenoir County Dental Society
What do you attribute your success to?
Being a Hard Worker, Striving for Perfection, Focus on Patient Care, Treating Patients as if they were Family
Hobbies / Sports
- Family Time, Golf
Favorite professional publications
- Journal of the American Dental Association
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Dr. Nicholson is a well-versed dentist who is currently serving patients’ dental needs at Kinston Dental Associates in Kinston, North Carolina, where he practices alongside Dr. Craig Marva. Kinston Dental Associates provides patients of all ages with the comprehensive dental care they need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Dr. Nicholson earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. Dr. Nicholson is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Lenoir County Dental Society. His favorite professional publication is the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity. Dentists diagnose and treat dental issues and help patients develop better oral health regimens. They also perform other duties to ensure that the teeth and mouth are healthy. Dr. Nicholson has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in routine dental cleaning, digital X-rays, fluoride treatment, crowns and bridges, tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, endodontic therapy, emergency dental services, periodontal treatment, implant services, and TMJ/TMD treatment.
Dr. Nicholson attributes his success to being a hard worker, striving for perfection, continuously focusing on patient care, as well as treating patients like family. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.
Brandon S. Nicholson, DDS, is an Outstanding Dentist with Kinston Dental Associates in Kinston, North Carolina
Brandon S. Nicholson, DDS, is a well-versed dentist who diagnoses and treats patients at Kinston Dental Associates in Kinston, North Carolina, where he practices alongside Dr. Craig Marva. “At Kinston Dental Associates, we offer a range of comprehensive dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. Nicholson have the skills and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve,” states the official website of Kinston Dental Associates. As a dentist, Dr. Nicholson has dedicated training and unique experience specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. He has an impressive professional journey that spans twelve years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in routine dental cleaning, digital X-rays, fluoride treatments, crowns and bridges, tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, endodontic therapy, emergency dental services, periodontal treatment, implant services, and TMJ/TMD treatment. Throughout his many years of experience, he has upheld a steadfast commitment to the ethical and professional standards of his practice, as evidenced by his sterling record, and ensures an impeccable degree of patient satisfaction in all facets of his work. For more information about Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson, please visit http://www.kinstondentist.com/.
Brandon S. Nicholson, DDS, attended the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2005. He remains at the forefront of his challenging specialty via memberships and affiliations with prestigious professional societies and associations, such as the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Lenoir County Dental Society. Prior to dental school, Dr. Nicholson completed his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Biology at East Carolina University (2001). He feels that his success is attributable primarily to the fact that he is always striving for perfection and trying to treat his patients like they are family members. Dr. Nicholson dedicates his spare time to being with his friends and family and playing golf. For more information about Dr. Brandon S. Nicholson, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8129032-Brandon-Nicholson-Kingston-North-Carolina-28501.
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