During the first week after laser gum surgery, you should opt for a liquid diet or a soft diet. This can help you avoid chewing food in areas of the mouth where the laser has been used. According to Andrew McCormick's post-operative instructions, you should allow yourself the right amount of rest and adjust the types of foods you eat as your mouth heals. Many patients eat soft foods up to two weeks after therapy so that the treated gums have enough time to heal.
Slight bleeding, slight swelling, and some pain can be expected in the days following laser gum therapy. This is normal and is a sign that the body is increasing blood flow to the treated area. McCormick can also prescribe medications to help ease any post-operative pain. While laser gum therapy requires minimal downtime after the procedure, avoiding exercise for 48 hours afterward is often recommended.
McCormick may also recommend that you do not brush or floss the treated area for up to 10 days. The teeth around the treated area may start to feel sore and tender for about the first two weeks; this is normal as tissues heal and regenerate. McCormick will schedule a follow-up appointment to check on healing progress and ensure that the tissue in the treated area looks healthy without any infection. Tooth sensitivity may take a few months to decrease, and in some cases, it may take up to a year for the gums and surrounding teeth to fully heal.
Regular follow-ups will be scheduled to monitor the progress of the treated area and address any ongoing problems. Dental desensitizers are available if needed. Do you have questions about the benefits of laser gum therapy in Santa Rosa? Dr. McCormick has extensive experience in laser dentistry for the past 20 years and can answer all your questions and concerns.
If you're looking for a solution to improve your gummy smile, gum disease, or swollen gums without severe pain or downtime, contact Dr. McCormick today to schedule a consultation and find out if laser gum therapy is right for you. After laser gum therapy, the body will immediately begin the healing process, and using a laser instead of traditional surgical instruments also helps stimulate growth within bones and gums.