SAVING DENTAL IMPLANTS WITH THE LASER ASSISTED PERI-IMPLANTITIS PROCEDURE (LAPIP®)
Laser assisted peri-implantitis can removes bacteria with the same accuracy and effectiveness as laser for natural teeth. It can stop bone loss around dental implants and reinforce stability of dental implants. In addition, laser treatment can restore longevity and function of dental implants and lower risk of developing other health complications linked to oral bacteria.
CAN AN INFECTED IMPLANT BE SAVED?
Yes, we have pioneered the treatment of infected implants with the Laser Assisted Peri-implant Procedure (LAPIP). This procedure has the potential to stop the infection and sometimes regenerate bone. (See appendix) In more severe cases, bone grafting can be tried.
Treatment success on infected implants is variable but the implants can usually be maintained for years. Severely infected implants may need to be removed. The site can then be bone grafted and later a new implant can be placed if desired.
WHAT IS LAPIP?
Peri-implantitis 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, develops as a result of poor oral hygiene or as a complication from certain diseases. Recent studies have also linked peri-implantitis to an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and pancreatic cancer. Just like with traditional periodontal disease in Hollywood, FL, peri-implantitis can increase your chances for serious medical conditions making it vital to seek treatment as soon as symptoms occur.
WHAT IS PERI-IMPLANTITIS?
Many patients who come to Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley for dental implants in the Fort Lauderdale, FL area have lost their teeth to periodontal disease. However, periodontal disease can also affect dental implants much in the same way it does natural teeth, making early diagnosis and treatment equally important.
Peri-implantitis is an oral infection that affects the bone and soft tissue surrounding dental implants. It is an accumulation of oral bacteria that become trapped between the gum tissue and the implant and destroy the supporting bone structure. Treatment should be prompt in order to preserve the fit and function of the implant. Otherwise, bone loss can cause the implant to fail, and the bacteria in the mouth may also pose serious danger to the rest of the body.
Medical research today shows us that oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and result in systemic illness, even causing fatal diseases of the organs. Seeking early treatment just makes sense.
LAPIP® SAVES DENTAL IMPLANTS
Using laser therapy, Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley can treat patients with peri-implantitis much the same way he treats real teeth of patients with periodontal disease in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Laser gum disease treatment was originally developed for natural teeth to remove bacteria and stimulate bone growth with minimal pain and inflammation compared to traditional gum surgery. Now, the same laser that Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley uses, the PerioLase® MVP-7™, is providing therapeutic benefits and successful outcomes for patients with peri-implantitis.
LAPIP® in Ft. Lauderdale & Hollywood, FL makes it possible to remove diseased tissue around a dental implant without causing any significant harm to the healthy tissue. It is gentle, reducing inflammation and discomfort while encouraging new bone growth to reinforce and save your implant.