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By Florence Dental Arts
April 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Dental pain can be unrelenting, and you just want it gone. In Florence, SC, the emergency dentist who can help you is Dr. Thomas Cherry, Jr. He discovers the reasons behind serious discomfort through careful examination right at Florence Dental Arts.

Pain and other symptoms

Tooth pain usually coincides with other oral symptoms such as a visible enamel crack, pus at the gum line, or bad breath. These signs, along with the findings from your oral exam by your Florence emergency dentist, reveal the reasons for your toothache. Reasons may include:

  • Dental decay
  • Deteriorating restorations such as crowns and fillings
  • Cracked tooth
  • Abscessed tooth (pulpitis)
  • Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism, commonly related to stress)
  • Exposed tooth roots or thin enamel (dental sensitivity)
  • Gum disease (which loosens teeth and undermines supporting bone in the jaw)
  • Sinusitis
  • Impacted teeth, particularly wisdom teeth
  • Jaw joint issues (TMJ)
  • Poor dental bite (how your teeth close together)

Curing dental pain

Contact Dr. Cherry and his team in their Florence, SC, office. His comprehensive and emergency dental skills will stop your pain and help you prevent future episodes. An exam and X-rays should reveal the reason for your discomfort, and then, your dentist can put together a treatment plan to address it.

His restorative services include:

  • Tooth-colored fillings, made from composite resin, porcelain or glass ionomer
  • Porcelain crowns, to replace damage enamel above the gum line and to finish root canal therapy
  • Root canal therapy, to remove diseased interior pulp and seal and protect a failing tooth
  • Periodontal treatments, including deep cleanings
  • Nightguards to cushion teeth clenching or grinding
  • Dentures for extensive tooth loss

It's not easy

Dental pain never is. So, don't wait, but call Florence Dental Arts in Florence, SC, Arts right away. Your emergency dentist, Dr. Thomas Ray Cherry, is only too glad to help. Phone us at (843) 665-6200.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyDon’t get caught off guard when an emergency dental situation happens to you.

If you are dealing with a dental emergency know that you can always turn to our Florence, SC, family dentist Dr. Thomas Cherry, Jr. for urgent dental care. We pride ourselves on offering immediate dental services when it matters most.

What is considered a dental emergency?

It’s important to understand what issues constitute visiting your dentist in Florence, SC, right away and which problems may just require you to call us and schedule an appointment in the coming days. A true dental emergency includes:

  • A toothache
  • A loose tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • An abscessed gum
  • Dislodged or partially dislodged tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Severely bitten tongue or cheek
  • Broken braces
  • Broken dental restoration (e. filling; crown)

How should I handle a dental emergency?

First thing ‘s first, you need to give our dentist a call and let our office know what’s going on. We can easily tell you whether you should come in for treatment as soon as possible.

If you are dealing with a toothache this could be a sign of a cavity or an infection. The sooner we treat the issue the better. Of course, you can provide yourself some temporarily relief by using an over-the-counter numbing gel or pain reliever before coming into our office.

If you have a knocked-out tooth it’s important that you try your best to put the tooth back in the socket. Be gentle and do not force the tooth. If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, tuck it between your gums and your cheek and immediately come into our office. If you come in for treatment within one hour of the injury we may be able to save the tooth.

If you have bitten your tongue or cheek and it’s badly bleeding you should apply a clean compress to the area and apply pressure. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t go away after 15 minutes it’s time to see us. If the bleeding is severe you may want to go to your local ER, as you may even require stitches.

While you can take a pain reliever, apply a cold compress to the face to reduce swelling and do what you can to collect the tooth or pieces of the tooth, the most important factor is that you see your emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Florence Dental Arts prides itself on offering families in Florence, SC, with the comprehensive dentistry they need for everyone to maintain beautiful, healthy smile. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine checkup or you are dealing with a dental emergency, turn to our compassionate dental team today.

By Florence Dental Arts
June 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Your teeth and gums have a highly sensitive network of nerves. But while it can signal even the most subtle discomfort we may not be able to identify the cause with pinpoint accuracy. As a result, tooth pain could indicate more than one kind of problem including a decayed tooth, root sensitivity, infected gum tissues (like an abscess) or a dying pulp signaled by diseased nerve tissue inside the tooth.

On the other hand, not all tooth pain is the same: it can be dull or sharp, continuous or intermittent. It can feel like a constant, throbbing ache or a sharp wince when you eat or drink something cold or hot, or when you bite down. These differences could point our diagnostic examination in the right direction.

For example, sharp, throbbing pain could indicate deep tooth decay, especially if it suddenly stops. That would likely mean the nerves within the tooth pulp under attack by the infection have died and can no longer transmit pain. The infection, on the other hand is still very much active — this usually requires a root canal treatment (cleaning out the pulp and root canals of diseased and dead tissue and filling the empty spaces) if we’re to save the tooth.

If, however, you’re experiencing sensitivity from temperature or pressure, we could be facing at least a couple of scenarios. For one, your tooth could be fractured. More likely, though, periodontal (gum) disease triggered by bacterial plaque has caused the gum tissues to shrink back (recede) from the affected teeth so that the sensitive dentin layer is exposed and no longer protected by the gum tissue.

If we diagnose gum disease, we’ll need to aggressively remove bacterial plaque from all tooth and gum surfaces. This procedure might require more than one appointment and the possibility of surgery if we encounter deep pockets of infection, especially around the roots. If gum recession is severe you may also need grafting surgery to replace the missing gum tissue or to re-cover the exposed areas of your teeth.

So, knowing the source of tooth pain will direct the course of treatment to follow. With proper treatment, though, the chances are good we can not only restore your teeth and gums to optimum health but we can end the pain.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Confusing Tooth Pain.”