One of the worst news you want to hear if you have dental implants is that one or more of them are failing. Peri-implantitis is a condition like gum disease where bacterial plaque causes infection and inflammation of the gum tissues around a dental implant. Our experienced and board-certified periodontist, Dr. Vikram Gandhi, and our team treat peri-implantitis with LAPIP™ in Garland, TX. This innovative laser treatment is an alternative to scalpel-based procedures preferred by patients and clinicians alike.Get Started Today
Failing Dental Implants - Dallas, TX
The Dangers of Peri-Implantitis
Dental implants are an investment in your long-term health and function, but sometimes this can be put at risk if infection develops. Peri-implantitis begins when bacterial plaque infects the gums around a dental implant and causes them to become inflamed and pull away. As bacteria continues to progress the infection, more tissue and the bone around the implant become damaged. The more peri-implantitis progresses without treatment, the greater the risk of failing dental implants. The most common symptoms of peri-implantitis include swollen and bleeding gums around the dental implant, bad breath, gum recession around the dental implant, and implant mobility.
Treating Oral Infection with LAPIP
The LAPIP protocol is the minimally invasive alternative to traditional peri-implantitis treatment that does not require scalpels and incisions. Similar to the treatment protocol for gum disease, LAPIP uses the revolutionary PerioLase® MVP-7™ dental laser to effectively vaporize bacteria and infected gum tissue from around the endangered implant post.
Once infection has been eradicated from the site, the dental laser can be used to create a healthy blood clot and help with the regeneration and attachment of healthy tissue to the dental implant post. Virtually all patients can have their dental implants saved with this procedure, but in the occasion the dental implant must be removed, our periodontists have the experience to predictably place a new dental implant.
Benefits of LAPIP Treatment:
- Less procedural pain and discomfort
- Rapid, healthy healing after treatment
- Significantly less soft tissue loss
- Little-to-no downtime after surgery
- Fewer appointments needed