HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
After Laser (LANAP) Treatment
- Vitamins, dietary supplements, or medications may be prescribed to improve your overall health. Take any prescribed medication according to directions.
- Dental laser procedures result in little or no discomfort following surgery. Take prescribed pain medications according to instructions if needed.
- Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used. One of the most important results of laser surgery is the healing that occurs following the initial procedure. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots (scabs) that form in the gums.
- Daily Care:
Only brush the chewing surfaces of the treated teeth gently for the first two weeks following surgery. Do not brush along the gums on the surgical side. Rinse with ½ oz. Peridex for 60 seconds twice daily (in the morning after breakfast and at bedtime).
Use Peridex until bottle is empty.
During the first three days drink liquids only. A liquid dietary supplement may be recommended. Gradually increase to soft foods diet for the next two weeks. After that, you may then add back your regular diet choices.
Do not floss for 2 weeks. When you begin flossing after this time frame, carefully place the floss between the teeth and avoid pushing the floss under the gums until instructed to do so.
The length of time it takes for the gums to heal depends upon the severity of the disease. Most healing in the surface areas takes 2 – 4 weeks. Deeper pocket areas may take from 6-9 months to completely heal.
Oral Hygiene Timeline
- Liquid Diet for 3 days
- Mushy consistency Diet for 2-3 weeks
- Manual extra soft toothbrush for 2-3 weeks
- Resume normal diet after 2-4 weeks
- Resume flossing above the gumline after 4 weeks healing
- Electric TB usage after 6 weeks healing
- Oral Irrigator ie. Waterpik usage after 6 months of healing
Dr. Tracey Hughes
Boulder Valley Dental
LANAP, Laser Gum Therapy, Osseous surgery, Periodontal surgery