Instructions After Laser Surgery

For Pain, dental laser procedures result in very little discomfort following surgery.  If needed, taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine like Motrin or Tylenol for 3 days following surgery may be helpful.

Avoid Chewing where the laser was used for the next couple days.  Healing begins almost immediately after laser procedures, so it is important to maintain the tiny healing clots that form.

Daily care is necessary after surgery.  During the first week, eat soft foods like yogurt, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc.  Avoid spicy drinks and foods (i.e. orange juice, tomato juice, salsa, spaghetti sauce, tacos, etc.).  Try not to chew in areas where surgery was performed.  Rinse thoroughly after eating to prevent food from infecting the surgical site.

Oral Hygiene is important following surgery to prevent infection.  Brush by gently placing the bristles of a soft toothbrush on the gums below the tooth and carefully roll the bristles upward over the tooth or site where the laser was used.  Brush the remainder of the teeth as usual.  Use mouth rinse as prescribed.

Frenectomies:  Gently pull the upper lip slightly outward several times each day for the first few days following surgery to help prevent the tissue from growing together.  You should not feel much discomfort from doing this.