LANAP: Essential Aftercare To Help You Recover Successfully

October 22, 2021 - By Bruce Michaelson

Gum disease can result in various unpleasant symptoms, leaving you feeling self-conscious and concerned about the future. Not just for the sake of your smile but also your general health. The Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is a rapid and painless way to treat gum disease. The periodontist will use a laser to target and remove unhealthy tissue during the Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP). This means you won’t have to deal with scalpels or unpleasant gum tissue removal. LANAP, on the other hand, is a significantly less intrusive technique with a quicker recovery period. However, if you are already done with a LANAP treatment, we recommend you follow the below post-care instructions, which would help you recover successfully. In the below section, we will be discussing mouth care and dieting instructions.

Mouth Care Tips

  • Antibiotic medicines and antimicrobial rinses may be prescribed for you. Take any prescribed medications as directed and continue to do so until all medications have been used up. Whether you have pain or not, it is better to follow the given schedule.
  • Apply ice to the afflicted cheek for the first 24 hours. This should be done in 20-minute intervals, alternating cycles. Repeat the cycle with warm, moist heat after the first day.
  • On the day of your treatment, you may spit, rinse, and cleanse your mouth. Morning and night, rinse with Peridex or Periogard as prescribed. In the interim, a gentle rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt diluted in warm water) every three hours is acceptable. Brush and floss your teeth only if you are told to.
  • To aid the healing process, try to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Except for the operation area, brush, floss, and take other preventative measures in all areas of your mouth.
  • Avoid putting too much pressure on the operation region with your tongue or cheeks.
  • Following surgery, limit physical exertion for several hours. Playing, heavy lifting, dancing, and other vigorous activity should be avoided for 2 to 3 days after surgery.
  • Following surgery, refrain from smoking for at least three days (ideally two weeks).

Diet instructions

To allow for healing, stick to a liquid-like diet for the first three days after laser therapy. Anything that can be blended and made into a drink is great. This serves to protect the clot that serves as a “band-aid” between the gum and the teeth. Drinking through a straw will cause a vacuum in your mouth, which will disrupt the “band-aid.”

Eat food with a “mushy” consistency for four to seven days, consisting of potatoes, boiled vegetables, jelly, etc. Suitable soft foods may have the consistency of fish, chicken, or steamed vegetables seven to ten days after therapy. After that, you can gradually resume your regular eating habits. You must keep in mind that healing does not end after ten days. During the first month after therapy, you should continue to eat healthily. Softer foods are preferable. It’s also crucial to drink enough water at this time and avoid meals that are spicy, harsh, or extremely hot.

If you are experiencing any pain that is persistent or intense, bleeding that is prolonged or profuse, and difficulty bearing normal temperature variations, it is important to visit a dental clinic as soon as possible. Dentists at our American Dental Clinic are always there to help you in LANAP treatment as well as all the necessary aftercare instructions.  

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