What is laser treatment used for?

We use diode laser which uses radiant energy to heal periodontal disease. Our laser works in two ways: (1) it removes diseased tissue and (2) 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.

Will I experience pain after laser treatment?

Laser treatment is easier and more forgiving than using a scalpel or drill. Nevertheless, there is some level of discomfort with laser therapy. Here is some other things to watch out for in the next few days:

  • Expect the treated area to be sore and tender for about 3 to 7 days. If needed, take analgesics like Advil, Motrin or Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours for pain and discomfort.
  • The 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, try applying Orajel prior to your cleaning routine.
  • The successful outcome of gum disease treatment is dependent upon thorough daily removal of the bacteria that cause the disease. Continue brushing and flossing your other teeth as you normally would.
  • It is normal to experience hot, cold, or sweet sensitivity immediately after treatment. This is because your tissue shrinks after gum surgery and teeth expose their root surfaces. If this happens, try using a fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity persists, please call 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, acidic foods. This doesn’t mean you can’t have them, just be careful.
  • Use any prescribed antimicrobial mouth rinse and or antibiotics 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.