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Laser Periodontal Therapy (LPT)

If you have been told you need scalpel and suture gum surgery, there's a laser alternative you need to learn about.

Until now, that surgery meant scalpels and sutures. But Dr. Welch is one of the only periodontists in West Tennessee to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy, a patient-friendly, minimally-invasive procedure that’s a great improvement over standard gum surgery.

In most cases, Dr. Welch's ofice will schedule a complimentary consultation to explain how the laser works and give you a demonstration. Next, they will take X-rays to make a definitive diagnoses and determine the extent of the infection. When you return for your first treatment, you'll receive a local anaesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A general anaesthetic isn't necessary, because Laser Periodontal Therapy is much less traumatic. A tiny laser fiber (about the thickness of three hairs) is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away. The procedure is fast: It takes just two 2-hour sessions. Dr. Welch will treat one half of your mouth at each session...and you'll probably feel good enough to go right back to work afterwards.

Why is LPT better for the treatment of gum disease?

Laser is about as easy as erasing a blackboard — there’s no cutting and no suturing.

There's much less discomfort with LPT than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure.

It takes less time than traditional surgery. All it takes is two 2-hour visits to the dentist and two follow up visits. Traditional surgery requires four sessions of about one hour each, with subsequent visits for suture removal and additional check-ups.

LPT gives better, longer-lasting results. In fact, 98% of LPT treated patients remain stable after five years, while only 5% reportedly remain stable after surgery.

Your dentist will probably recommend a soft diet for a day or two, and common sense should prevail, but in most cases, patients feel good enough to eat anything they want right after the procedure.Following traditional surgery, recovery can take between to 2-4 weeks during which patients can experience considerable pain and swelling, where they may be restricted to liquid or soft diets.

There's less than 24 hour recovery period, so you won't lose time from work.

LPT is safe for patients with health concerns such as diabetes, HIV, hemophilia, or those taking medications such as Plavix or aspirin. than with standard surgery — during and after the procedure.

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