How Does LAPIP Infected Implant Treatment Work?
Dental implants have significantly changed the way smile restoration is performed in recent years, but they aren’t without complications and risks. When peri-implantitis occurs, the first step is administering antibiotics, but if Dr. Samadian determines your infection needs more intervention, he recommends LAPIP infected implant treatment.
The PerioLase® laser targets the bacteria that leads to periodontal disease and peri-implantitis without affecting harming your healing soft tissues. The laser’s energy removes all traces of the bacteria, diseased tissues, any harmful proteins that promote infection growth, and titanium corrosive elements that may be present. LAPIP also stimulates gum tissue regeneration and helps any bone lost to the infection grow back. LAPIP can be effective in just 1-2 treatments, rather than multiple, more painful procedures or surgery.
How Do I Know When I Need LAPIP Infected Dental Implant Treatment?
Post-op dental implant infections don’t happen frequently, but they can happen, so it’s best to know what to look for in case it happens to you. Once harmful bacteria take hold of the gums around your implants, your gums may become red, tender, and swollen around the implants. If the “pocket” of gum tissue around your implant seems to be growing, your gum line may be receding, another sign of infection. The implant itself may also become more exposed, with the threads becoming visible or the implant itself feeling loose. The infected discharge may also be an unpleasant sign, one you may taste rather than see. Pain in your jawbone can indicate bone deterioration if the infection is deep below the gumline. If your gums are more prone to bleeding, you may also need to be seen. Gums should not bleed if they’re healthy. Swollen or tender lymph nodes in your neck or armpits are another sign of dental implant infection.
If you experience increasing pain or discomfort, soreness in certain head or neck positions, headaches, or jaw stiffness, you may have peri-implantitis. The earlier you can be treated, the faster you can recover and the better your chances of saving the implant.