• Adam Carraway

As anyone that has ever had a toothache can tell you, dental pain can be one of the most excruciating and debilitating types of pain you can experience. The reason teeth can cause such a high level of pain has to do with the source of the pain and its relation to a significant nerve branch called the Trigeminal Nerve.

A toothache is typically caused when a dental cavity or tooth decay becomes so large that it reaches the nerve inside the tooth. Dental decay is the breakdown of tooth structure, and it can cause a void or hole in the tooth. When this hole reaches the nerve inside the tooth, the nerve can be exposed to air. This causes a sharp, excruciating pain that can lead to a dental emergency. With preventative measures such as dental fillings, crowns, and dental cleanings, these dental emergencies can be avoided.

When a toothache occurs, our dental team will evaluate the area for swelling and pressure sensitivity. After taking a dental x-ray, our team will be able to identify the cause of the tooth pain and recommend corrective action. When a tooth has started to cause severe pain, treatment options typically involve saving the tooth with a root canal and crown, or removing the teeth. It is almost always cheaper and easier to save a tooth than to have to replace it later on with a dental implant or bridge.

Less severe types of dental pain include cold sensitivity or biting pain. Dental sensitivity related to cold water or air can have a number of causes. Sensitivity is caused by a lack of protection between the outer layer of the tooth and the nerve inside the tooth. This can occur when the gums shrink back in gingival recession, from recent teeth whitening, from a recent filling, or from a cavity.

When gum recession is present, the root surface is exposed, leading to tooth sensitivity. The root surface does not have enamel covering the surface and can be more sensitive than the upper surface of the tooth. Treatment options for this type of sensitivity include gum grafts or dental fillings. Sensodyne Toothpaste can offer short term relief for hypersensitivity.

If you are having a dental emergency, we have a 24 hour hotline where you can speak with our dentist on call. You can also schedule an emergency consultation through our online booking website.

Options for dental pain in Greer, SC

If you are considering replacing missing or broken teeth with dental implants, we would love to offer you a complimentary consultation to go over your treatment options. While we do everything we can to save your natural teeth, dental implants can be an incredible option to replace missing or failing teeth.

A dental implant is an artificial root that is engineered to replicate the tooth root that it replaces. Dental implants come in a number of different shapes and sizes; it is important for the implant to replicate the tooth that is being replaced.

At your initial implant consultation, our experienced team will begin by reviewing your medical history. Diabetes, tobacco use, and certain medications can impact the success of dental implants, so it is important for our team to record a thorough medical history.

Next, we will complete an oral exam where we will look at the condition of your remaining teeth and gums. Healthy periodontal tissue, also known as your gum tissue, is very important for long lasting dental implants because your gum tissue provides a protective barrier against oral bacteria.

After completing a diagnostic checklist, our dentists will discuss what your end goal is and how we can help you achieve that result. At this point, we will formulate a treatment plan that will include a timeline and financial obligations for treatment. We accept most dental insurances, and our financial coordinators will discuss your options prior to making any commitments.

As part of the treatment plan, we often recommend a 3D x-ray that will allow us to digitally plan the implant procedure. This technology allows for a better implant, fewer complications, a quicker procedure, and quicker healing time. After placing the implant, it takes the body four months to fuse to the titanium surface. Once the body has healed to the implant, a porcelain crown can be placed on the implant.

Hundreds of implant companies manufacture implants today. It is important to know what brand of dental implant is being placed by your dentist. We are proud to place Nobel Implants because they have the research and support to ensure a long lasting tooth replacement.

Dr. Adam Carraway completed an intensive General Practice Residency at the Dental College of Georgia where he trained extensively in the placement of dental implants. He is knowledgeable in many aspects of dentistry and able to discuss the best treatment options available in modern dentistry.

Tooth replacement options

  • Adam Carraway

When you have a dental emergency, it is important to be seen as soon as possible. That's why we always leave room on the schedule for unexpected dental emergencies.

At an emergency dental appointment, our dental team will examine your mouth and determine what is causing the issue. In order to obtain a proper diagnosis, the dental team will take a radiograph or x ray to see what is causing the pain or emergency.

In some cases, definitive treatment can be done on the same day as the emergency dental visit. In other cases, it is necessary to let the swelling or infection settle down with antibiotics before our numbing medicines will work and definitive treatment can be performed. If you have an after hours dental emergency, you can call our 24 hour emergency dental phone line.

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