Peri-Implantitis and the LAPIP Protocol
As with other forms of gum disease, there are several treatment options. Surgery or laser procedures are the most common, and of the two, laser treatment is by far the least invasive. LAPIP is similar to LANAP, the procedure used to treat periodontitis. LAPIP, however, is designed to target infection around dental implants.
First a small laser is inserted beneath the gums at the base of the implant, where it targets and destroys bacteria and infected tissue. Ultrasonic tools are then used to remove any remaining bacteria and to make sure the implant is 100% free from dangerous debris. The laser is inserted below the gum line one more time to eliminate any surviving bacteria, and the gums are encouraged to heal around the implant again.
LAPIP treatment offers many important benefits. First, it is less invasive than surgery and doesn’t destroy any healthy gum tissue. The laser is specifically designed to only target infected tissue. This treatment is also quick and effective. Finally, the laser works to stimulate gum and bone growth, allowing your natural bone to increase in both density and mass without a bone graft, protecting the security of your implant for years to come.
If you have implants and think you have peri-implantitis, please contact us immediately. We at Pinnacle Center – Dental Implants & Periodontics are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care available, and will make sure you feel the difference our dedication makes to your smile.