Peri-Implantitis and LAPIP
Implant restorations have an exceptionally high success rate. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are some inherent risks, including the risk of developing an infection called peri-implantitis. We at Oak Park Dental want to help you stay healthy after your dental implants in Madison, WI. Study the information here to learn what peri-implantitis is, how it can be prevented, and what treatment options are available.
What is Peri-Implantitis?
Peri-implantitis occurs in about 1 of 10 implant patients. The easiest way to think about peri-implantitis is to compare it with periodontitis (gum disease). Although these two diseases are not exactly the same, they have many similar symptoms and causes. Much like gum disease, peri-implantitis is marked by inflamed gums. However, with peri-implantitis, both the soft and bony tissues surrounding an implant are affected, rather than those surrounding a natural tooth. This inflammation of surrounding gum and bone leads to the loss of important supporting bone around an implant. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to the loss of an implant.
Unfortunately, many patients do not even know they have peri-implantitis until it has established itself because the disease is generally painless at the start. As the disease progresses, symptoms grow more severe, including inflamed, swollen gums and bleeding along the gumline. Peri-implantitis can cause pus to form on and below the gums. Deep pockets may also form around the implant as the bone deteriorates. The easiest way to catch peri-implantitis at this stage is through x-rays.
How Can I prevent Peri-Implantitis?
The risk of peri-implantitis does not go away after you have healed from the implant surgery; it is an issue you’ll want to be mindful of for the life of your implant. One of the most important things that you can do to prevent peri-implantitis is to maintain your oral hygiene. A clean mouth can prevent pathogens from getting into vulnerable areas, so brush and floss daily. Coming in for regular check-ups can also help. Other lifestyle choices, such as giving up tobacco, can have amazing effects on your oral health.
What Treatments are Available for Peri-Implantitis?
Past a certain point, peri-implantitis cannot be treated by simply improving your oral hygiene. Once peri-implantitis has developed to this point, you will need professional help to treat the disease. Two common treatment options are surgical and laser treatments. If the disease has severely progressed, surgical treatment may be required to remove the the infection and strengthen the bone with new bone grafts. However, in many cases the more conservative laser treatment may be used to effectively treat peri-implantitis. LAPIP is a laser technology that treats peri-implantitis quickly and effectively. It is similar to LANAP laser treatment, but LAPIP is used specially to treat gum disease around dental implants instead of your natural teeth. During a LAPIP treatment, a small laser is inserted below the gum line; the laser light targets the harmful bacteria and pathogens that causes peri-implantitis. Then, small, ultrasonic tools are used to remove any remaining bacteria from the implant itself. A final pass with the laser ensures that all bacteria has been eliminated. One of the largest benefits of LAPIP treatment is that it can stimulate the bone and gum, causing them to grow back without the need of a surgical bone graft.
At Oak Park Dental, we understand your desire for a beautiful smile. Dr. Jana Gyurina provides the highest level of care, ensuring that your dental implants will last a lifetime. If you’re looking for a dentist in Madison, contact us today!