Laser LAPIP Therapy
Contrary to popular belief, gum disease is not a condition that may affect only those who have all of their natural teeth. The reality is that those who have dental restorations are still vulnerable to the damaging effects of bacteria in their mouth. Serious gum disease can be one of the leading causes of dental implant complications. Known as peri-implantitis, this infection of the gums that occurs at the site of an implant can cause it to fail. When we here at Periodontal Associates encounter a patient who is suffering from peri-implantitis, we can quickly address it with a special type of treatment called laser LAPIP therapy.
What is Peri-Implantitis?
Many people are somewhat familiar with gum disease, having either experienced it or knew someone who has suffered from it. Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis and can manifest in ways that are greatly similar to peri-implantitis. When inflammation of the gums occurs, typically due to bacteria attacking the gingival tissue, periodontitis occurs. When the underlying structure is not natural tooth, but instead a dental implant, the condition then becomes known as peri-implantitis.
What is Laser LAPIP Therapy?
Laser LAPIP therapy is an effective way to help treat a mouth that has been affected by peri-implantitis. By using laser LAPIP treatment, we can remove all signs of infected gingival tissue, as well as the disease-causing bacteria, from the site. Our laser is also able to remove the damaged titanium from the implant itself, too.
In preparing for laser LAPIP therapy, the site is first scaled to remove all buildup. Treatment of the bone can then proceed. Laser LAPIP therapy not only removes any of the bacteria at the site and the damaged tissue; it can also encourage the gums to reattach to the dental implant.
Advantages of Laser LAPIP Therapy
There are many advantages to using laser LAPIP therapy over other treatment options. One benefit of it is that it is less invasive than traditional treatments. It is also regarded as safer and more gentle than traditional treatments, too. This is because the specialized laser does not harm healthy gum tissue, and instead, only targets infected gingival tissue. Laser LAPIP therapy is also quicker than traditional surgery, which can, in turn, make the procedure more comfortable for the patient, too.