What are dental implants?
Dental implants are threaded titanium or ceramic posts that replace the root structure that anchors the tooth into the jaw bone. Once a dental implant is placed, a crown is attached to the implant to restore your smile and your ability to eat and chew. Dental implants are medical devices that allow for permanent replacement of teeth and allow you to bite and chew normally, while also restoring your smile.
My dentist told me I have bone loss around my implant. What does that mean?
Dental implants are anchored into the jaw bone to allow you to be able to eat and chew. Overtime the bone around these implants can begin to remodel, which is a normal process. However, if plaque and tartar accumulates around a dental implant, the gum tissue can become inflamed and begin to bleed, a process referred to as Peri-Implant Mucositis.
If this inflammation is not treated, the plaque and tartar can begin to cause more damage and ultimately deteriorate the bone around the implant, leading to significant bone loss and infection around the implant in a process referred to as Peri-Implantitis. This infection can progress rapidly, and if left untreated, may result in so much bone loss that the only remaining option would be the removal of the infected dental implant.
Can Peri-implantitis be treated?
Peri-implantitis can progress rapidly, so early detection and treatment is important in order to attempt to save the implant. There are several methods by which peri-implantitis can be treated, and these involve disinfection of the infected implant, removal of bacteria and any diseased or infected tissues, and regeneration or rebuilding of the bone lost around the implant.
At DC Perio & Implants, we strive to utilize the latest advances in dental technology to provide minimally invasive and comfortable periodontal and dental implant treatment options for our patients. To this end, we have invested in LAPIP™ (Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) laser technology to help treat peri-implantitis and bone loss around dental implants in a way that is more comfortable for our patients.
Drs. Armin Abron and Shebli Mehrazarin will screen you for peri-implantitis, implant bone loss and even oral cancer. At DC Perio & Implants, we want you to be safe, which means catching potential problems today before they become significant oral health concerns tomorrow.
What is LAPIP?
LAPIP, or laser assisted peri-implantitis procedure, utilizes a dental laser that targets and vaporizes the bacteria, diseased tissue and pathologic proteins that cause peri-implantitis. This in turn disinfects the implant, helps resolve the inflammation and bleeding around the implant, and helps stimulate stem cells in the surrounding bone to promote regeneration of bone lost around the implant as a result of peri-implantitis. The LAPIP procedure is quick, minimally invasive, involves no cutting or sewing and minimal to no post-operative discomfort, and helps prevent gum recession that may occur with other surgical treatment methods.
Can DC Perio & Implants help me treat the bone loss around my implant using LAPIP?
Our office would be happy to help treat your ailing implant. Would you like to learn more about laser surgical treatment and how they can benefit you? We would be happy to answer your questions about this state-of-the-art technology!