LAPIP In Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure (LAPIP) is similar to its predecessor, LANAP, but as its name implies, it is used when gum disease develops around dental implants, rather than the natural teeth. This non-surgical procedure is extremely effective and minimizes downtime for the patients compared to other surgical procedures.

Why do we need LAPIP?

It is used to treat peri-implantitis (gum disease around dental implants), and helps to eradicate diseased tissue, encourage healthy tissue growth and keep gums and bone firmly attached to the implants. The need for this procedure arises when pockets form around dental implants creating spaces for bacteria that get stuck and begin to multiply. This causes plaque and tartar to build up and causes gums to recede, swell, and become painful and/or bleed. When too much deterioration in the gum tissue happens, it can also extend to deterioration of the bone, causing weakened tooth roots and unsupportive jaw bones. Effects can also extend to heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes. The causes can be anything from poor oral hygiene to genetic factors. As with most diseases, the key to a successful recovery is catching it early and taking action to restore the mouth to its healthiest state.

Dental Implants

While we won’t go into much detail about dental implants here, it’s important to understand that dental implants are a very successful, even revolutionary, solution for missing teeth. When they are well cared for, they last for many years and function like regular teeth, but if oral hygiene is poor or other complications arise and are untreated, even more bone loss can be severely detrimental. But LAPIP can save them from failing if caught in time. Know that when dental implants are new, some minor inflammation is common, but anything out of the ordinary should be reported immediately, including severe pain, extended swelling, and bleeding.

What is LAPIP?

LAPIP is a non-invasive procedure to treat peri-implantitis and is, by and large, more effective that other available treatments. Other standard protocols include cutting open the gums for grafting or removing the entire implant and replacing it. While effective, these procedures are invasive and put the patient out of commission for longer than necessary. With LAPIP, the diseased tissue can be specifically targeted and eliminated with minimal discomfort, invasiveness, and patient downtime. This results in precision and predictably better results than other options.

The LAPIP Protocol

The procedure itself is very simple and doesn’t take as much time as alternative procedures. We begin with a consultation to evaluate the extent of the diseased tissues and sometimes use X-rays to review the site. Occasionally antibiotic treatment can be used to rid the body of the infection, but with more advanced stages of the disease, LAPIP may be necessary. This will be determined by Dr. Zalewsky and all your questions and concerns will be addressed. Saving your implants is our number one priority.

The laser is then used to gently rid the gums of the diseased tissue. It targets darker (diseased and dead) tissue, leaving all healthy tissue intact and ready to heal. The laser also encourages blood to clot, so risk of infection because of bacteria entering the bloodstream is minimized. The laser will also clean the implant, leaving a smooth surface environment for the healthy tissue to reattach itself while healing. In this environment, the gums and bone can regenerate healthily.

What are The Benefits?

Using lasers to treat peri-implantitis has many benefits, including:

  • Quicker recovery and procedural times
  • Minimal procedural invasion
  • Lowered risk of infection and other complications
  • Dental implant preservation
  • Pain relief
  • Healthier gum tissue
  • Reinforced dental implant stability
  • Improved tissue regeneration
  • Long-lasting results

LAPIP and other laser gum treatments can help stop the progression of gum disease and save teeth or dental implants. These procedures are safe, effective, and can be worked into any budget. Contact us today for more information!