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Save Your Dental Implants Without Surgery

When the connective tissue (gums) around your dental implant becomes inflamed, the post can loosen, compromising the stability of your restoration and smile.

If you have an infected implant, don’t wait until it’s too late. Cunning Dental Group uses the LAPIP® protocol’s advanced laser technology to address infection around implants and encourage regeneration of tissue and bone.

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Why is your dental implant infected?

Ideally, every dental implant procedure is successful and long-lasting. Sadly, this is not always the case, as dental implant complications do happen. This is a form of gum disease referred to as “peri-implantitis.”

Sometimes, dental implants can become infected under the gum line, which can lead to bone loss around the implant. In other cases, the infection can cause loss of the implant itself. Complications can occur due to many factors, including the medications you take, a systemic ailment, poor oral hygiene, having low-quality implants, and simply enough, even aging can result in peri-implantitis.

What is LAPIP infected implant treatment?

Until recently, either extensive surgical repair or complete removal of the implant were the only treatments for a failing artificial tooth. The introduction of LAPIP or Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol — an FDA-approved treatment that does not involve a scalpel or stitches to address gum infections — has allowed us to reverse peri-implantitis through a minimally invasive approach. Unlike conventional techniques, this breakthrough method can both treat gum disease and regenerate new bone around the affected implant.

LAPIP treatment procedure steps

A. Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.

B. Laser vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue.

C. Ultrasonic scaler tips are used to remove surface accretions.

D. Bone is modified at time of surgery.

E. Laser is used to form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from bone.

F. Adhesion to clean surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a 'closed system'.

G. Occlusal trauma is adjusted.

H. New attachment is regenerated.

What are the benefits of the LAPIP protocol?

Take a closer look at the advantages of this highly effective solution for an “ailing” dental implant:

  • Keep Your Dental Implant. Infection around an implant can cause your gums to recede (pull away from the post) and damage your implant-supported restoration. Treatment with LAPIP in Montclair and Irvine, CA can encourage lost tissue to regenerate for a stronger foundation and a healthier smile. In other words, you don’t need to replace your implant.
  • No Cut, No Sew, No Fear (Just Greater Comfort). In comparison to conventional treatments for peri-implantitis, LAPIP involves less pain during the procedure itself and throughout recovery. Using laser light energy to kill the bacteria responsible for gum disease, LAPIP can restore your implant health without incisions or sutures.
  • Reduces Gum Inflammation and Bleeding. This laser gum treatment effectively targets inflammatory bacteria and damaged tissue without injuring healthy tissue.
  • Quick Treatment and Faster Recovery. The LAPIP protocol generally requires one session and most patients recover within a 24-hour period. Traditional treatment for peri-implantitis can involve several surgeries and multiple follow-up appointments. In many cases, a surgical procedure called bone grafting is also necessary.
  • Safe for Practically Everyone. LAPIP is safe for people with health issues such as diabetes, hemophilia, HIV, or patients taking medications such as aspirin or Plavix. Schedule your appointment today to find out whether this option is right for you.
  • Save Money on Replacing Your Implant

Dental implant revision surgery is not only an extensive procedure, but it can also be very expensive. In comparison, the cost of LAPIP laser gum therapy depends on several factors, including the number of appointments you will need and how many of your implants require treatment. Overall, the cost of treatment with LAPIP is usually less than replacing one or more failed implants.

What happens during the LAPIP Protocol?

During a LAPIP procedure, your dentist will:

  1. Check your mouth for periodontal pockets and infection around implants.
  2. Use the PerioLase® MVP-7 laser to remove bacteria, diseased tissue, and other particles inside a periodontal pocket.
  3. Use ultrasonic scalers to eliminate contaminants from the surface of your dental implant.
  4. Modify your bone tissue, if and when necessary.
  5. Reinsert the laser to eradicate any remaining debris and allow a blood clot to form around the implant. The blood clot seals the pocket and prevents reinfection.
  6. Your bite is adjusted for problem-free chewing and speaking.

As your mouth heals, the stem cells from your bone will naturally promote tissue regeneration, enabling your connective tissue to reattach to the implant post and form a more secure base.

LAPIP Case Study before and after x-ray
LAPIP case study x-rays provided by Millenium Dental Technologies, Inc.

Is LAPIP painful?

One of the main benefits of the LAPIP protocol is that it is practically painless. As discussed earlier, LAPIP infected implant treatment in Irvine and Montclair, CA is minimally invasive and does not involve cutting or stitching your gums. If you do experience some discomfort following treatment, we do prescribe pain medications for your comfort.

Are there diet restrictions after LAPIP surgery at Cunning Dental Group?

LAPIP postoperative care entails staying on a restricted diet for 30 days. Follow a liquid diet for the first three days after surgery, which a diet of soft foods should follow for seven to ten days. Then, for the remainder of the month, pursue a smart food diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. If you had more than one implant treated, avoid placing too much pressure on your teeth when chewing.

What is the success rate?

According to Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc, the success rate of LAPIP in California is consistent at 95 percent. This means that an outstanding 95 percent of failing dental implants addressed with LAPIP reintegrated into the gum pocket and exhibited greater stability.

Choose a Simpler, More Pocket-Friendly Way to Save Your Implants

Laser-assisted peri-implantitis procedure is an excellent alternative to traditional methods since the process for replacing a failed implant is complex and commands multiple treatments, including implant removal, bone grafting, and placement of a new dental implant. In most cases, a new restoration is necessary as well. In less severe cases, conventional remedies for peri-implantitis can focus on removing the diseased tissue, however, this option demands several visits and follow-ups.

In contrast, treating peri-implantitis with LAPIP in California generally requires a single trip to our office, saving you time and money.

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