Reviving Smiles: The Role of LAPIP in Combatting Peri-implantitis

Dental implants are, without question, the optimal solution for missing or decaying teeth.  However, like natural teeth, implants are not immune to complications or disease. Periimplantitis, a condition affecting the tissues around dental implants, can pose a serious threat to the longevity of implants and the overall health of the smile. In this blog, we’ll delve into what periimplantitis is, why it can be detrimental, and explore the innovative LAPIP treatment offered by Jay Platt, DDS Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.

So What is Peri-implantitis Exactly?A digital representation of a dental implant in socket next to natural teeth

Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the soft and hard tissues surrounding dental implants such as gum tissue and bone. Similar to periodontitis, which affects natural teeth, periimplantitis is characterized by the presence of inflammation, and bleeding. If left untreated, bone loss can occur around the implant which can lead to instability and, ultimately, loss of the implant completely. This is obviously a worst case scenario for the patient, as they have likely invested a large amount of time and finances into making sure their smile is in tip-top shape.  So what is the solution?  Enter LAPIP, or Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure performed by Dr. Platt and Dr. Janu at Jay Platt, DDS Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.

What is LAPIP?

LAPIP, an acronym for Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure, is a cutting-edge treatment designed to address periimplantitis effectively. Dr. Jay Platt, an experienced oral surgeon, employs this advanced technique to target and eliminate the infected tissues around dental implants. LAPIP utilizes laser technology to precisely remove the infected tissue while promoting the regeneration of healthy gum and bone.

Situations Where LAPIP is Indicated

Both oral surgeons and periodontists may recommend LAPIP in cases where periimplantitis has been diagnosed. LAPIP is suitable for treating various stages of periimplantitis, from mild inflammation to advanced cases with significant bone loss. This procedure is particularly valuable when conventional treatments, such as scaling and root planing, are insufficient.

Now that we have established what LAPIP is and when it can be utilized by your dental professional, let’s take a look at some of the benefits LAPIP can have over other procedures to treat periimplantitis:

  1. Precision and Minimally Invasive: LAPIP is a minimally invasive procedure that targets the infected tissues precisely, minimizing damage to surrounding healthy structures.
  2. Stimulation of Regeneration: The laser used in LAPIP stimulates the regeneration of healthy gum and bone tissues, promoting long-term stability around the implant.
  3. Reduced Discomfort and Faster Healing: Patients often experience less discomfort with LAPIP compared to traditional surgical methods, and the healing process is generally faster.

Working Together To best Serve Our Amazing Patients

One notable aspect of LAPIP is its ability to foster collaboration between oral surgeons and periodontists. Dr. Jay Platt recognizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to achieve optimal outcomes. By combining the expertise of both specialties, patients benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the unique aspects of their oral health, leading to a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles.

LAPIP, offered by Jay Platt, DDS Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, represents a significant advancement in the treatment of periimplantitis. As a precise and minimally invasive procedure, LAPIP not only addresses the immediate concerns associated with periimplantitis but also promotes long-term success for dental implants. Through interprofessional collaboration, Dr. Jay Platt ensures that patients receive the highest standard of care, paving the way for a lifetime of smiles and restored confidence.