You will need to stick to eating soft foods for the first week after receiving LANAP treatment. However, your real-time recovery will only take 24 hours! This is because the laser technology forms a blood clot around the gum pocket for an instant seal that is conducive to a faster healing time.
Some slight throbbing or tenderness in the first few days is normal but recovery can be expected to be much more comfortable than traditional gum surgery. Anti-inflammatory pain relief medication can be used to reduce discomfort.
You will not be able to brush or floss your teeth as normal for the first 7-10 days. Instead, you will use a prescribed mouthwash to keep your mouth clean while your mouth heals. In the first 3 days following treatment, you will stick to an all-liquid diet and then introduce soft or mushy foods for about 2 weeks.
You should refrain from smoking which will inhibit the healing process. Regular dental cleanings as often as every 3 months will need to be performed for the first year and occlusal splints may be needed within a few months of the procedure to adjust your bite.