Peri-implantitis is a serious oral health condition that can result in implant failure. It occurs when the tissues surrounding a dental implant become inflamed and infected, leading to bone loss and eventually implant failure. Studies have shown that peri-implantitis affects between 20-40% of dental implant patients. Therefore, it is crucial to seek timely treatment to prevent serious health complications. In this blog post, we will discuss what peri-implantitis is, the causes and risk factors associated with it, and most importantly, the LAPIP® treatment option available to patients.
Peri-implantitis is a dental disease that affects the tissues surrounding a dental implant. It is different from periodontal disease in that it affects the gum tissues around a dental implant instead of natural teeth. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of peri-implantitis. Other risk factors include underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and genetics.
Symptoms of peri-implantitis may include redness, swelling, and bleeding around the implant area, pain when chewing, and bad breath. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to implant failure, bone loss, and surrounding tissue damage.
LAPIP® (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) is a minimally invasive treatment that uses the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser to target and eliminate bacteria around the affected implant area. It is a non-surgical procedure that does not require incisions or stitches, making it a more comfortable and safe method for many patients.
LAPIP® has proven to be more effective than traditional treatment options such as antibiotics, debridement, and open flap surgery. In addition, the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser used in the LAPIP® procedure is designed to selectively target bacteria without damaging surrounding healthy tissue.
LAPIP® is suitable for patients who have been diagnosed with peri-implantitis. However, it is important to note that not all cases of peri-implantitis can be treated with LAPIP®. Some cases may require more extensive surgical intervention. A pre-treatment evaluation and diagnosis are necessary to determine if LAPIP® is a suitable treatment option for a patient.
It is also important to note that LAPIP® has some contraindications. Patients who are taking certain medications or have certain medical conditions may not be suitable for the treatment. It is best to consult with your dentist before deciding on the LAPIP® procedure.
The LAPIP® procedure typically takes about 1-2 hours. It is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. The PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser is then used to remove bacteria and infected tissues around the implant.
Patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days after the procedure. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to ensure proper healing and continued success.
Peri-implantitis is a potentially serious oral health condition that requires timely treatment to prevent further complications. LAPIP® is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, and effective treatment option that targets bacteria without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. If you are experiencing symptoms of peri-implantitis, it is important to schedule a consultation with your dentist to determine if LAPIP® is a suitable treatment option for you. Dr. Schultz's office offers personalized evaluations and treatment plans to help you achieve optimal oral health. Don't wait - contact us today to schedule your appointment!