If you have recently been informed that you have gum disease, or you’ve already been diagnosed and are researching laser gum treatments, you’ll be happy to know that laser gum therapy is less invasive than surgical procedures. That means that navigating a successful recovery at home should be a fairly simple process if you know what to expect and follow all post-procedure instructions carefully.
What Is Laser Gum Treatment
Laser gum treatment works together with conventional therapies to improve the condition of gums affected by gum disease. Using a laser, your dentist will remove inflamed and damaged gum tissue from around the roots of your teeth. Then they will remove plaque and tartar that has accumulated below and around the gum line.
Next, your dentist will smooth away any rough areas on your teeth to lower the odds that these areas will attract and harbor more oral bacteria, which would otherwise lead to future infections.
After your laser gum treatment is complete, your gums will need some time to heal and recover. While you are recovering, your gums should be free of infection and fit more snugly around your teeth.
After your laser gum treatment, avoid brushing and flossing the area of treatment for the length of time indicated by your dentist. Keep brushing and flossing other areas of your mouth.
Watch what you eat and drink while you are recovering. Eating softer foods like eggs, ice cream, yogurt, and other foods is helpful. Most patients benefit from consuming a liquid diet for the three days after their laser procedure and a soft diet for two weeks after that.
It is normal to experience any of the following after laser gum treatment:
- Light bleeding
- Minor swelling
- Tenderness, soreness or tooth sensitivity
- Avoid eating spicy or extremely hot foods.
- Remain sedentary for a few hours after your procedure.
- Avoid applying excessive cheek or tongue pressure to the treated area.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed.
Don’t be concerned if the color of your gums changes after laser therapy. This is a normal response to the treatment; your gums will gradually return to their normal color.
It is possible to experience some swelling, which can be alleviated by placing a cold compress on the outside of your face next to the treated area. You can use a compress for 20 minutes per hour.
It is also normal to experience some minor bleeding. It can help to place a wet teabag over swollen areas. If the treatment site seems to be excessively bleeding, contact our office.