LAPIP – Laser Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure

As we are seeing more dental implants being placed, we are also seeing more complications associated with them.
One complication is a condition we call “peri-implantitis”.  It is similar to periodontitis in natural teeth, however it occurs around a dental implant. It is characterized by the loss of bone surrounding the implant as well as inflammation and gum recession. As with traditional periodontal disease, early diagnosis is key to saving the dental implant and returning the mouth to a complete state of health. 

Peri-implantitis, just like periodontal disease, can develop as a result of poor oral hygiene or as a complication from certain diseases. This can result in bone loss around the implant, and in some cases, loss of the implant itself. Complications due to systemic disease, medications and aging can all lead to this problem.

Until recently, the only treatment for an “ailing” implant was either extensive surgical repair and in most cases, removal of the implant and waiting for a new one to be placed. With the advent of LAPIP, which is a specific laser surgery procedure, we may be able to treat the infections and arrest the disease. In some cases even regenerate new bone around the implant itself. In some cases LAPIP is a standalone treatment as bone regeneration can occur and your implant can be saved.  In other cases, LAPIP may be used as an initial treatment to stop the infection and create a healthier site for other interventions and treatments which may include bone and/or gum grafting.

If you are suffering from peri-implantitis, please ask us if LAPIP may be an option for you.