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What is peri-implantitis?

Peri-implantitis is an infection caused by dental implants in the mouth. It is a soft tissue and bone degradation condition caused by an abnormal inflammatory response to the implant. The risk of a dental implant infection is much higher in patients who have not maintained regular dentist appointments throughout their life. 

It is not clear what causes this progression to occur.  Risk factors outside of diagnoses of peri-implant mucositis include smoking, poor oral hygiene, and a genetic predisposition to autoimmune conditions. 

Symptoms of this disease are hard to spot in its early stages, but keep an eye out for bleeding, red, tender, and sensitive gums – particularly around the site of the implants. In some cases, you may not notice these symptoms until you floss or add pressure to the gums.

As the condition worsens, your gums may begin to recede, you might notice signs of infection (see, taste, smell pus), and experience pain in the mouth due to the implant moving.

How can dental implant infections be treated?

See your dentist as soon as you notice even mild signs of infection. A dental implant infection will need to be addressed quickly with medication prescribed by your dentist or physician. If your infection goes untreated, peri-implantitis is likely followed by more invasive protocols like surgery.  

Depending on the extent of damage to your gums, bone, and implant, you may need to have grafts done to replace any lost or damaged tissue. It may also be necessary to have the dental implants replaced.

What is LAPIP?

Laser-assisted peri-implantitis protocol (LAPIP) is a procedure that can help save failing implants by managing inflammation of the gums caused by the implant. Managing the inflammation can help your cells regrow or at least stop the damage. This will help to stabilize your implant. 

The laser used in LAPIP treatments is able to vaporize deeply rooted bacteria around the implant without hurting your healthy tissues. It is also a gentler procedure that is more patient-friendly.

How does LAPIP work?

First, a periodontal probe is used to determine the depth of the pocket between your implant and gum. Next, the laser targets and destroys bacteria, diseased tissue, and contaminants found within the soft tissue.

Ultrasonic scaler tips are then used to remove harmful surface growths. The implant is adjusted if damage or movement has occurred because of peri-implantitis or a new implant is inserted. The laser is then used again to generate stem-cell-rich blood to encourage healing and growth. 

Prevent peri-implantitis today!
If you have a dental implant infection that needs treatment or you suspect the beginning signs of infection, call Dentistry at Consilium today at 416-296-1080 or book an appointment online to prevent peri-implantitis today.

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