The longevity of your dental implants relies on maintaining healthy gum tissue around the implants. Sometimes patients experience complications due to bacteria- causing inflammation or bleeding around the implant that requires immediate treatment. This complication is known as peri-implantitis or peri-implant disease.
Peri-implantitis, just like periodontitis, has been linked to increased risk of serious systemic medical conditions, which means that early treatment is critical in order to restore your gums and jawbone to a proper state of health. Traditional treatment to remove the damaged gum tissue caused by peri-implantitis required the manual cutting out of infected tissue. Patient discomfort is substantially decreased because there is no need for a longer recovery time following the procedure.
The Pennsylvania Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics offers LAPIP® (Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) utilizing the PerioLase® MVP-7™, the same modern laser technology we use for LANAP® periodontitis treatments. LANAP®, provides a safe, faster, less invasive and tissue-sparing solution for what we call “ailing” or “failing” implants that are threatened by bacterial contamination that threatens the health of your gum tissue.
Drs. Levine and Fava are fully trained and certified in the LAPIP® procedure. With LAPIP®, there is no need to remove the ailing or failing implant. The procedure lets us target any dark-pigmented or diseased tissue around the specially affected implant without harming the healthy tissue.
The entire process can be done in a single appointment. Plus, like with LANAP®, patients experience significantly shorter recovery time. If you think you may be suffering from peri-implantitis, please make an appointment today to discuss this innovative treatment option.