Post Op Instructions Following Laser Therapy
Treating periodontal disease with laser technology is the very best that modern dentistry has to offer. The dental laser has been shown to stimulate periodontal infection and stimulate repair of the damaged gum and bone. Treating periodontal infection in this way has been shown to lower your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies and possibly even Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, Laser Periodontal Therapy has none of the drawbacks of older therapies: it is comfortable, does not cause gum recession and it does not involve drugs or harsh chemicals.
The following instructions will help maximize the benefits of your therapy:
1. Dental laser procedures result in little or no discomfort. We typically do not recommend any medications.
2. Laser therapy promotes profound healing of the gum tissues. It is very important to avoid dislodging the sticky blood clot that forms around the treated area. The following guidelines will help ensure that you do not disrupt the healing process.
3. The first 24 hours following treatment:
- Avoid acidic, rough or crunchy foods (chips and salsa, citrus fruits, crusty bread, fried foods, vinegar based salad dressings, raw veggies, popcorn, nuts, etc.)
- Suggested foods: pasta, eggs, soup, fish, chicken, cooked veggies, yogurt.
4. The first week after treatment:
- Clean the treated area using light, electronic or manual brushing. Brush by placing the toothbrush on the gums just below the tooth. If using a manual brush, carefully roll the bristles toward the tooth surface. DO NOT place the bristles INTO the gums or BELOW the gum line.
- Floss the treated area with care to dislodge food debris. Slide the floss gently between the teeth and avoid pushing the floss under the gums.
5. Resume your normal eating habits 24 hours after treatment.
6. Resume your normal hygiene techniques of the treated area beginning ONE WEEK FOLLOWING TREATMENT (Your dental hygienist will make specific recommendations that may include a Sonicare toothbrush.)
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact one of our team members for assistance at (905)427-2027 or our other offices: Malvern Dental at (416) 297-5513 or Richmond Hill Dentistry at (905)787-8764.