After Care

Greensboro Dental Care Services

Most people need dental procedures from time to time—even those who take exceptionally good care of their teeth! Whether you need restorative services, such as crowns or implants; or cosmetic services, such as such as teeth whitening or veneers, Dr. Scott Welch and his team provide all the services you need for a healthy and beautiful smile. Once we've done our work, it's up to you to maintain your oral health and keep your teeth looking great.

To reduce the likelihood of additional necessary or cosmetic procedures, Dr. Welch strongly recommends performing effective after-care following the procedure, as well as practicing good preventive care year-round.

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at home tooth whitening aftercare
While using an at-home gel-based tooth whitening system for just a week will give you noticeably whiter teeth, you should use it properly to avoid serious tooth sensitivity and achieve the results you desire. You may also use whitening gel at home for maintaining your results if you have had in-office Zoom! tooth whitening.
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bridges
Bridges take two visits to complete: during the first visit, Dr. Welch installs a temporary bridge; while during the second visit, he'll cement your custom-fabricated permanent bridge into place. Proper care of both temporary and permanent bridges via good dental hygiene is important. Plus, it's essential to know what to do if your temporary bridge falls out.
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tooth extraction aftercare
If you have a severely damaged or infected tooth, your tooth may need to be pulled or extracted.  In most cases, you'll receive a bridge or dental implant to fill the space where the tooth was removed.  When you leave the office after a tooth extraction, it is very important that you treat the affected area carefully and take any medications Dr. Welch prescribes for you as directed.
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bridges
After having implants—artificial tooth roots—minor bleeding, redness, and swelling are normal. By following smart after-care practices and good oral hygiene, you'll reduce your pain level and speed your healing process.
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night guard aftercare
Tooth grinding during sleep—bruxism—can be caused by stress and anxiety. More frequently, though, it is the result of an abnormal bite or missing or damaged teeth. If not addressed, grinding your teeth can cause them to break or loosen, making them more likely to become infected or damaged so much they require removal. In some cases, tooth grinding causes (or worsens) TMJ.
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root canals aftercare
You may have received a temporary or permanent crown to help provide tooth protection, improve tooth strength, and/or restore the healthy appearance of one of your teeth. Crowns typically take two visits to complete. The first visit Dr. Welch will prepare the tooth for the crown and places a temporary crown. The second visit Dr. Welch places a custom-fabricated tooth crown made just for you.
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dental crown aftercares
Dental crowns or "caps" are placed over weak or damaged teeth to help protect them from further harm and improve their appearance. In most cases, a crown will follow a root canal procedure to help protect the tooth. Crowns are typically completed in two visits, and a temporary crown will be put into place while your permanent crown is being fabricated. Crowns are strong and durable, and they cover and protect your tooth. There are several types of crowns, and Dr. Welch can help you determine the best option for you.
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tooth whitening aftercare
Be sure to floss daily and brush with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste and clean your tongue carefully at least twice each day. The Zoom! system we use causes much less sensitivity than earlier systems. However, even with the new system, temporary tooth sensitivity lasting between one and three days can be a common side effect. Some people experience a sharp, electric-shock feeling—a "zing"—from time to time, while others find that they are extremely sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. Over-the-counter pain relievers containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen may reduce any pain or sensitivity you feel. Using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth may be helpful, as well.
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