The Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP®) is laser gum treatment for patients with dental implants. Just as people can develop gum disease from poor oral hygiene and other factors, dental implant patients can develop peri-implantitis. This condition is similar to gum disease but differs in that it affects the area surrounding an implant post, as opposed to a natural tooth root. Both conditions can lead to bleeding gums and bone deterioration. Peri-implantitis can progress at a rapid rate, and if left untreated, the condition can result in loosening and eventual loss of the dental implant.
Our experienced periodontists utilize the LAPIP® protocol to treat peri-implantitis before it can cause more serious health concerns. This system is a more conservative way to treat the condition, as it is less costly to the patient and can successfully treat a failing implant without the invasive nature of traditional surgery. Through the advanced laser technology, we are able to stop the infection from progressing and improve your oral health.
Benefits of LAPIP®
LAPIP® holds numerous advantages for patients seeking treatment for peri-implantitis. Compared to traditional gum surgery, patients can expect the following from their laser gum treatment:
- Faster procedure
- No cutting or sutures
- Doesn’t affect surrounding healthy tissue
- Stimulates gum regeneration
- Virtually pain free
The LAPIP® Procedure
LAPIP® is a similar process to the LANAP™ protocol, but less laser energy is used to treat the affected area. During the LAPIP® procedure, the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser is guided along the periodontal pocket to remove any infected tissue. The affected implants are then scaled to remove harmful bacteria. To complete the LAPIP® procedure, the laser is used to further sterilize the area and seal the tissue, stimulating the healing process.
Contact Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates
If you have any questions regarding dental implant health or the LAPIP® procedure, we invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our periodontists for more information.