LAPIP™ Treatment

Peri-implantitis is a disease that affects implants placed in the jawbone. It causes inflammation around the implant site, involving both the soft tissue and bone tissue, leading to bone loss. However, many patients are not aware of the signs of teeth implant failure and the symptoms of peri-implant disease until it has progressed to the point where the implant must be removed. The LAPIP protocol is used to help healthy tissue regenerate and reattach to the implant, differentiating it from diseased tissue.

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LAPIP™ Treatment Benefits

Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Treatment uses a laser to remove tartar from the implant surface, thus preventing further infection and allowing the patient to retain his/her implant. In addition, the laser also helps prevent future infections.

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Enhanced Oral Function

LAPIP™ restores the functionality of the affected area, allowing patients to chew and speak comfortably without hindrances. This aids in maintaining a beautiful smile and overall oral health.

02

Improved Aesthetics

Repairing a failed implant using the laser surgery procedure restores the natural appearance of the smile, improving self-confidence and overall facial aesthetics.

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Preserved Bone Health

Addressing implant failure promptly helps prevent further bone loss in the affected area, preserving the integrity of the jawbone and maintaining overall oral health. 

Laser Assisted Perio-Implant Procedure

The last 20 years has seen a revolution in dentistry, especially in the field of Dental Implants. Gone are the days where patients have to suffer with loose fitting dentures, and removable partials that cause damage to adjacent teeth. Dental Implants are here to stay and are overwhelmingly successful when placed and restored by experienced Dentists and Dental Surgeons.

But like anything, despite our best efforts we are seeing more and more complications with implants. This is a condition we call “Peri-Implantitis”. Many times, implants can get infections under the gum-line which can result in bone loss around the implant, and in some cases loss of the implant itself. Complications due to systemic disease, medications and simply enough, aging can all lead to this problem.

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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 which does not involve a scalpel or stitches we are now able in many cases to treat the infections and arrest the disease, and in some cases regenerate new bone around the implant itself!

LAPIP—which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure, and like LANAP which is done to treat gum infections around teeth, is the only FDA cleared laser procedure to treat ailing dental implants.

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LAPIP for Dental Implant Failure

The laser-assisted peri-implantitis procedure, or LAPIP™, is designed to eliminate tissue inflammation and infection, as well as stabilize the bone surrounding a tooth implant using a stable fibrin blood clot.

Dr. Bennett is part of a small group of dentists in Arvada, CO who provide this unique technique, which ensures better tissue rejuvenation and longer-lasting results than those seen with traditional treatments. By eliminating pathologic proteins and promoting the activity of stem cells, the LAPIP™ procedure ensures a healthier implant.

The LAPIP™ is unique in that it does not require any incisions or sutures. It also reduces tooth sensitivity and recovery time compared to other methods. On the day of treatment, Dr. Bennett identifies if there is an infection present and uses LAPIP™ to treat the cause of infection, without disturbing the dental implant itself.

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Reasons for dental implant failure

Teeth implant failures can be caused by factors such as poor dental hygiene, poor overall health, and smoking. Titanium corrosion contaminants are also a concern. Additionally, an inferior implant procedure, or an implant placed in the low-density bone, can cause the implant to become loose and take on bacteria, which can then result in an infection of the surrounding tissues. If not properly treated, the infection can turn into peri-implantitis. Even minor inflammation, known as peri-mucositis, can cause the bone to deteriorate and the implant to become loose, indicating the necessity for regular check-ups. The above symptoms, especially when they occur in combination, could suggest a risk for heart disease and other conditions linked to periodontal issues.

Signs and symptoms of peri-implantitis

  • Gum or implant sensitivity
  • Gum swelling
  • Loose or wiggling implants
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gum discoloration
 
  • Mild to severe pain
  • Drainage or pus from the surrounding tissues
  • Gum recession
  • Implant exposure

The Best Candidates for LAPIP™

While some inflammation around a tooth implant is normal, severe pain, bleeding, and infection call for immediate treatment. Almost anyone suffering from these issues may be a candidate for the LAPIP™ procedure from our Arvada, Colorado dental specialty office. The ideal patient should be in overall good health and have a clear understanding of the LAPIP™ process. Those who make smart food choices and avoid blood thinners often have better outcomes.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Bennett will perform an in-depth evaluation of the implant. In some cases, an antibiotic regimen can successfully eliminate the infection. If it is determined that LAPIP™ is the right non-invasive treatment for your situation, a treatment plan will be created for you. However, it’s worth noting that while the LAPIP™ procedure is innovative, treatment options remain varied, depending on the individual case.

How LAPIP Treats Failing Dental Implants

The LAPIP™ procedure is performed in one of the private, comfortable treatment rooms at Arvada Dental Center & Implants. After a careful examination, the doctor will begin the LAPIP™ procedure using a tiny, innovative laser, about the width of three human hairs. The laser will be inserted between the implant and the gum line, eliminating bacteria and removing unwanted particles or tissue. This unique laser also stimulates growth factors within the bone, promoting healing and tissue regeneration.

In some severe cases, the use of a small scalpel may be required to pull back the gum tissue, providing deeper access to the implant. Additional growth factors can also be added by the doctor as needed, to encourage bone growth. In this case, sutures will be placed for proper healing.

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Frequently Asked Questions About LAPIP™

Laser-assisted peri-implantitis procedure (LAPIP™) is a specialized laser technology used by doctors to deep clean and restore failing implants affected by peri-implantitis. The technique can save an ailing implant by eliminating infection and stopping bone loss to restore a healthy, stable tooth. This is essential to keep active the cells from bone and prevents any excessive pocket depth. Also, by preventing future infections, this laser gum disease treatment also helps in removing diseased tissue and promises a faster healing time compared to conventional surgery.

Dr. Bennett performs all procedures, including the LAPIP™, in the comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office in Arvada,CO.

A variety of factors can cause an implant to fail. The most common cause of teeth implant failure is the accumulation of bacteria along the gum and tooth pocket. Implants that were improperly placed in low-density bone, teeth grinding, poor dental hygiene, and cigarette smoking can increase the risk of peri-implantitis to occur.
Almost anyone suffering from implant failure due to peri-implantitis can benefit from LAPIP™. The ideal candidate should be in generally good health and also understand the benefits and limitations of LAPIP™ procedure.
To begin, the doctor will use a delicate laser to vaporize bacteria and excise contaminated tissue around the implant. Once the infected tissue has been eliminated, the doctor will reconstruct the bone and gum surrounding the implant.
The length of your LAPIP™ will vary, depending on the extent of correction. On average, the procedure will take from half an hour to one hour, depending on the number of implants that need to be treated.

Pain control is of utmost importance at our office. Our goal is to make sure your LAPIP™ procedure will be as pain-free as possible. Using one or more anesthetic options, we will ensure maximum comfort during your upcoming procedure. 

For the first 7–10 days, no brushing or flossing; your doctor will provide a medicated mouth rinse for this time. A soft diet is recommended while the mouth is healing. Smoking is strongly discouraged as it will cause delayed healing and increase the risk of infection.
The benefits of a LAPIP™ are long-lasting. With proper oral care and routine cleanings, there is no reason your implants cannot stay healthy for years to come.

If you live near Arvada, CO, Arvada Dental Center offers LAPIP™ among its services, and is conveniently located at: 6695 Wadsworth Blvd Arvada, CO 80003

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