What to do after Laser Therapy Treatment

  • If you received local anesthetic today: Please be careful until you have full feeling back in your mouth before chewing or drinking. The numbness should wear off in about 4 hours. You may experience some discomfort at the injection site or in the muscle. This discomfort does not usually last for more than a few days, during that time an over the counter pain reliever of your choice can be taken. 
  • If you received Laser Therapy today: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (¼ teaspoon salt to 4 ounces of warm water). Rinse for 1 minute in duration, 2 times a day for three days following your Laser Therapy treatment.
    • No flossing for three days after treatment
    • Do not use an oral irrigator for 3 days after Laser therapy treatment; on the fourth day start using the oral irrigator on the low and then slowly build up the pressure to no more than half way
    • Follow an alkaline/anti-inflammatory diet for the next 6-8 weeks to promote healing
  • Diet: If extensive Laser therapy was performed, chewing hard foods, such as meat or raw vegetables may be uncomfortable. A diet of a softer consistency is advisable until chewing becomes more comfortable.
  • Smoking/ Tobacco use: Tobacco is an irritant to any healing. Refrain from tobacco use for 6-8 weeks is recommended.
  • Warm Salt Water Rinse: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (¼ teaspoon salt to 4 ounces of warm water). Rinse for 1 minute in duration, 2 times a day for three days following your Scaling and Root Planing/ Laser therapy treatment.
  • Oral Hygiene:
    • Brush, floss, and use other periodontal cleaning aids as you have been instructed. It is important that you begin establishing proper oral self-care habits immediately. If you find that the recently treated areas are sensitive to the brushing and flossing, be gentle, but be thorough! This may take a little more time than normal. With proper technique you cannot damage the teeth or gingival tissues.
    • Use the oral irrigator with the periodontal attachment as instructed.
    • Use the periodontal cleaning aids as you have been shown.

Follow-Up Care:

Please return in 6 weeks for a periodontal assessment and possible Laser treatment.  During this time, your periodontal tissues will be evaluated for the expected improvement and effectiveness of your oral self-care and to determine the possible necessity of further periodontal treatment. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (952) 956-6700