Post-Operative Instructions LANAP |
Yorktown Heights, New York
For the first week after surgery, a very soft diet is recommended
Carefully avoid chewing in the ares of the mouth where the laser has been used. Eat soft but nutritious food such as eggs, pasta, yogurt, cottage, smoothies, ice cream, mashed potatoes, puddings or anything that can be put in a blender.
Stay away from gum, cookies, chops, nuts, seeds or anything hard or crunchy (raw vegetables or salad). Avoid spicy or very hot (temperature) foods. Meat that shreds can lodge under the gum or between teeth. These can all dislodge tiny clots (scabs) that form in the gums.
Do not be alarmed with any color changes or appearances of tissues following laser surgery
Tissues can be gray, yellow, red, purple, white and/or stringy. Do not touch or dislodge any clots as these are the biological seals that aid in healing. Be careful not to apply excessive tongue or cheek pressure to these areas.
Reduce strenuous activity for several hours following surgery
Take all medications according to Dr. Wetzler’s directions
Anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin/ Advil/Aleve/Anaprox) and antibiotics (Doxycycline/Amoxicillin) -if prescribed- should be started today. Antimicrobial rinse (Peridex/Chlorhexidine) should be started the day after surgery.
Avoid brushing the areas of the mouth where the laser has been used for one week
Used prescribed rinse as directed to clean these areas. After a week, gently brush the teeth by placing the bristles of the brush on the teeth away from the gum line and roll the bristles toward the biting surface.
You may carefully brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Do not stick the bristles into the gums. Regular brushing can resume 2 weeks after surgery. Avoid flossing these areas for 3 weeks.
Do not be alarmed if one of the following occurs:
- light bleeding or swelling
- soreness, tenderness or tooth sensitivity
- medicinal taste from the Peridex
Some oozing of blood may occur and will appear to be greatly exaggerated when it dissolves in saliva.
Do not be alarmed if during the healing period (which may be up to a year or more) the teeth become sore, tender or sensitive as the bones and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing, but also may indicate the presence of a bite imbalance which may need to be adjusted.
Some swelling may possibly occur
To keep this at a minimum, gently place an ice pack outside the face for 20 minutes each hour until you retire for sleep at night. Do not continue to use the ice pack beyond the day of surgery. Swelling may persist for 3 days after surgery.
Please call the office if any of the following occurs:
- Prolonged or severe pain
- Prolonged or excessive bleeding
- Considerable elevated or persistent temperature
Office phone: Evan S. Wetzler, DDS Phone Number 914-245-1550