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Laser has become very useful in dentistry and has found many different uses. Our laser works in two ways:
- Laser removes diseased tissue
- It decontaminates the periodontal pockets by killing disease causing bacteria which reside there
Typically, we use laser therapy in conjunction with deep cleaning, crown lengthening and other soft tissue treatment. We use diode laser which uses radiant energy to heal periodontal disease.
Keep in mind, laser treatment is easier and more forgiving than using a scalpel or drill. Nevertheless, there is some level of discomfort associated with laser therapy. Here are some things to watch out for in the next few days following your laser treatment:
- No smoking for at least 6 hours after laser treatment.
- Expect the treated area to be sore and tender for about 3 to 7 days afterwards. If needed, take analgesics like Advil, Motrin or Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours to help with the pain and discomfort.
- The laser treated area may bleed and remain tender when you clean it. This is normal and should subside within 7 days. If the area is extremely sore during cleaning you can apply Orajel prior to your cleaning routine.
- The successful outcome of gum disease laser therapy is dependent upon thorough daily removal of bacteria which cause the disease. Continue brushing and flossing your other teeth as you normally would during the healing process.
- It is normal to experience hot, cold, or sweet sensitivity immediately after treatment. This is because your tissues shrink following gum surgery and your root surfaces become exposed. If this happens, try using a fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste during the healing process. If sensitivity persists or gets worse, please call us for an appointment to have it further evaluated.
- You may notice for the first 3 to 4 days that the treated area will be sensitive to hot, spicy and acidic foods. This doesn’t mean you can’t have these foods, just be careful when consuming them.
- If prescribed antimicrobial mouth rinses or antibiotics, use them as directed.
If you have any more questions about your laser treatment, please call our office at (949) 481-2540. We will be happy to answer your questions and assist you whenever required.