A Non-Invasive Solution To Treat Failing Dental Implants
LAPIP, aka Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol, is quickly becoming the preferred treatment option for our patients that have developed peri-implantitis as a result of failed dental implants. Peri-implantitis is a severe stage of gum inflammation that, if left untreated, can lead to jawbone loss and other severe and lasting oral health complications. If you are suffering from failing implants, the LAPIP protocol is an advanced laser-based treatment option that helps regenerate healthy gum tissue and reintegrate dental implants in the pocket. Unlike other peri-implantitis treatments, LAPIP targets the source of inflammation, without damaging surrounding gum tissue.
Common Dental Implant Risk Factors
In order to avoid serious oral and systemic health complications – including increased risk of heart disease and diabetes – it is crucially important to treat implant-related gum disease as soon as possible. This is particularly true if you are a high-risk patient that suffers from one or more of the following:
Chronic, Long-Term Effects of Peri-Implantitis
Peri-implantitis is an oral disease wherein severe inflammation attacks soft tissue around the gums and jawbone where dental implants have been placed. Much in the same way that untreated gum disease can affect the root of a tooth, progressive peri-implantitis results in an accumulation of bacteria that leads to inflammation and infection around a dental implant. Research has not yet identified the exact prevalence of peri-implantitis, but some reports suggest the condition affects up to 8% of dental implant patients. The good news is that peri-implantitis is fully treatable – and even reversible – in its earliest stages. Contact our office today and schedule your LAPIP consultation with Dr. Alkanan at Tri-Cities Periodontics & Implants, located right here in Kennewick, WA.
What To Expect From LAPIP Treatment
At Tri-Cities Periodontics & Implants, our LAPIP approach is the best option possible for peri-implantitis treatment in the Kennwick, WA area. LAPIP is a superior treatment approach for a variety of reasons, one of the main ones being that it eliminates the need to surgically remove sections of bone and soft tissue that have been exposed to infection. Dr. Abdullah Alkanan first numbs the area that is in need of treatment, then uses a special probe to assess the extent of damage in terms of pocket depth. Next, Dr. Alkanan uses an ultrasonic scaler tip along with a PerioLase laser to remove surface growth and eliminate bacteria around the dental implants. The laser allows stem cells from the jawbone and surrounding tissue to create a permanent enclosure that will protect the implant from future bacterial infections.
Benefits of a Non-Invasive Approach
One of the key benefits of LAPIP treatment for peri-implantitis is that it allows dental implants to reintegrate into the pocket and stabilize with jawbone growth. Other LAPIP benefits include:
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