Lanap (Laser) Recovery Instructions
No strenuous activity for 24 hours following surgery.
Periodontal laser procedures usually result in little or no discomfort following surgery. Take 2 Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) every 4-6 hours EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY PAIN following your procedure.
Carefully avoid chewing food in the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for at least 1 week following surgery. Blood clots will form around the pockets. It is extremely important not to dislodge the tiny clots as they will help promote proper healing.
24 hours after the laser procedure, rinse as directed with warm salt water rinses; use 1 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and use as a rinse to promote healing. Do not floss your teeth until instructed to do so.
Try to keep your mouth as clean as possible to help the healing process. Brush, floss, and follow other home care measures in all the areas of the mouth except for the surgical area.
Do not apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to the surgical area.
Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:
- Light bleeding
- Slight swelling
- Some soreness, tenderness, tooth sensitivity
- Medicinal taste from prescribed rinse
Please call the office if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Prolonged or severe pain.
- Prolonged or excessive bleeding
- Considerably elevated or persistent temperature
Do not be alarmed if the teeth become sore, tender, sensitive, and in some cases, loose as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become firmer. This is a sign of healing and can last from 2 weeks to even a year. Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearance of tissues following laser therapy. Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, blue, purple, “stringy” and reflect normal response to laser treatments.