Post-Therapy Dental Care
Your recovery time and post-therapy dental care will depend on several factors, such as the wavelength used in your laser therapy treatment, the severity of your condition, and your medical status. After laser therapy, your post-op care will be unique to your healing process, and your dental professional will give you guidelines specific to you.
In general, you may experience the following symptoms directly after laser periodontal therapy:
- A change in the color of your gum tissue.
- Light bleeding and swelling around the laser site.
- Some soreness or tooth sensitivity.
- An unpleasant taste from a prescribed mouthrinse.
We recommend that you eat soft but nutritious foods while in recovery. Staying away from extremely hot and spicy meals, as well as gum, hard candies, cookies, chips, and other crunchy foods will give your mouth the ability to heal without interference.
Maintaining an A+ oral hygiene routine after you undergo any periodontal therapy is also critical to avoiding a recurrence of the infection. Your dental professional will instruct you on how best to care for the site of your laser therapy treatment, as well as your entire mouth. But in general, brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your gums once a day with floss, a water flosser, or another interdental cleaning tool, and regularly rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthrinse will be the fundamental pillars of your top-notch oral care routine.
The idea of laser gum surgery may sound like the right option for you. It's incredible to see how far dental therapies have come, and having a less painful and less invasive option for treating gum disease is quite tempting. Seeking guidance from your trusted dental professional is the best course of action when making this decision. You should feel comfortable asking them about laser therapy, but know there are plenty of other options proven to be safe and effective.