Addressing Peri-Implantitis with LAPIP

Posted by Dr. John Paul Gallardo, DDS, PA
Dr. Gallardo specializes in treating peri-implantitis with the LAPIP approach, which focuses on removing infected tissues and restoring healthy ones.
Dr. Gallardo is a specialist in the LAPIP approach to treating peri-implantitis and has years of experience in this field

Ever heard of peri-implantitis? It’s a common but often ignored problem-related to dental implants. Traditional treatment methods can be invasive and bring along several side effects. However, a modern treatment protocol named LAPIP (Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) has revolutionized the way we address this condition. Intrigued? Dive into this article to explore peri-implantitis and the benefits of LAPIP over conventional treatments.

Understanding Peri-Implantitis and the Need for Treatment

Peri-implantitis is a serious medical condition that affects the health of dental implants. Characterized by progressive inflammation around the implant, it is caused by bacteria build-up, similar to the process of gum disease. This condition can lead to bone loss, making the implant unstable and threatening overall oral health.

Peri-implantitis Causes

Peri-implantitis is caused by bacteria build-up on and around the implant surface. The bacteria form a sticky biofilm that accumulates over time, leading to inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue. Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common causes of this condition, as it allows plaque and tartar to accumulate around the implant. Other factors, such as smoking and diabetes, can also increase the risk of developing peri-implantitis.

This inflammatory condition is becoming increasingly common, especially among people with dental implants for over five years. Studies suggest that this condition affects about 10–15% of all implant patients, with the risk increasing with age and duration of treatment. Peri-implantitis is a serious and progressive condition that can impact overall oral health if left untreated, making it important to recognize the signs and seek early treatment.

Common Symptoms of Peri-Implantitis

Some symptoms of peri-implantitis include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Infection around the implant site

The risk factors of peri-implantitis are prolonged exposure to bacteria, heart disease, and smoking. Regular check-ups are crucial to catch the signs of peri-implantitis early.

Stages of Peri-Implantitis

This is a progressive condition that can cause serious damage if not treated in time. It has three stages that can be identified through clinical examination and radiographs.

Stage I: There is an increase in the probe depth, but no signs of damaged bone structure or inflammation. At this stage, peri-implant mucositis is present only in the gum due to the accumulation of bacteria around the implant.

Stage II: There is a decrease in the bone level around the implant and signs of inflammation. At this stage, the patient may experience pain and discomfort.

Stage III: It is characterized by severe bone loss and progressive inflammation. In this stage, it can be difficult to treat the condition without specialized surgical intervention.

Embarking on the LAPIP Treatment Procedure

The Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP) typically concludes in a single appointment. To start the treatment, a dental laser is skillfully operated to eliminate titanium corrosion contaminants and pathologic proteins from dental implants. This protocol offers an innovative solution to managing infected implants, targeting only the diseased tissues without causing damage to surrounding areas. By using a dental laser, the procedure offers precision and convenience, making it a less invasive alternative to conventional methods.

LAPIP is an advanced laser treatment that can help manage infected implants
LAPIP is a minimally invasive procedure that helps restore healthy tissue around implants affected by peri-implantitis

LAPIP vs Traditional Treatments

LAPIP and traditional treatments such as bone grafting techniques vary significantly in addressing peri-implantitis. While bone grafting, a common traditional treatment, involves invasive surgery to replace lost bone tissues, LAPIP is a non-surgical treatment and focuses on the eradication of bacterial infection. It shows a higher success rate, making it a promising alternative treatment. On the contrary, traditional approaches may not provide the same level of success due to complexities in grafting and the body’s rejection of foreign bone.

Lasers in Minimizing Bone Loss

Laser therapies provide an effective option for peri-implant conditions, especially in minimizing bone loss. The Peri-Implantitis treatment aids in stimulating bone tissues enabling optimum growth around the implant, thus enhancing the structure. The laser’s precision eliminates the risk of damaging adjacent bone tissues, making it a favorable choice for bone grafting procedures.

With a carefully controlled power output, lasers ensure the least intrusive treatment option, fostering a conducive environment for bone regeneration.

Post-Procedure Oral Care and Recovery

After the LAPIP procedure, the patient must maintain good oral hygiene and healthcare to ensure an efficient recovery. Cleaning the mouth, especially the treated area, will provide a clean surface crucial for stable fibrin blood clot formation.

This blood clot will aid healing, leading to a shorter recovery time. Emphasize oral health to prevent further complications and promote recovery. Furthermore, regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings can catch any issues early on, ensuring the treated area continues to heal well. This will ultimately ensure good oral health and a faster healing process.

Remember, self-care post-procedure is as essential as the laser treatment itself. Actively ensure you’re contributing to your oral health and healing, not hindering it.

Expected Outcome after LAPIP

Setting realistic expectations is crucial when embarking on dental implant procedures or alternative treatments. A primary indicator of success is the health improvement of natural teeth and gum tissues. You should experience healthy tissue regeneration around the implant. 

Smiling without hesitation and biting comfortably into food symbolize another milestone of success. However, understand that achieving these milestones may require ample time for healing and adherence to prescribed oral care routines.

It’s essential to note that the health benefits of dental implants extend beyond aesthetics, positively impacting overall health too.

Consult with a Dental Professional

If you are suffering from peri-implant disease, it is important to consult with an experienced periodontist such as Dr. John Paul Gallardo. He can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. He is committed to providing the highest quality of care and takes the time to understand your unique situation to achieve the best possible outcomes. Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gallardo for a consultation today if you’re looking for help managing peri-implant disease.