Do you have a dental implant and suffer from periodontitis? If so, you may require specific and delicate treatment to heal your gums and preserve your dental implant. At Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Dr. Shelly Montes is highly trained and utilizes dental lasers to preserve your oral health and implants. With the LAPIP™, your treatment will be as effective and pain-free as possible. We invite you to learn more by contacting us at 770-781-3685 and scheduling an appointment with our doctor to be treated with the LAPIP™ in Cumming, Georgia.

The LAPIP™ (Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure) is an FDA-certified treatment for when dental implants are affected by periodontal disease. Many patients who receive a dental implant experience complications from inflammation, which causes the implant’s lifespan to depend on the supporting tissue and bone. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease where bacteria contaminate the surface of the gingivitis-affected implant. The bacteria will affect the area surrounding the dental implant and can cause bone loss to occur.

In the past, treatment options for peri-implantitis involved antibiotics or surgery, but these often led to implant failure. At our practice, we utilize the LAPIP™ to treat implants affected by gingivitis. During this procedure, our dentist will perform the following steps:

  • Determine pocket depth with a dental probe.
  • Kill bacteria, diseased tissue and proteins, and implant corrosion with a dental laser.
  • Use ultrasonic scaler tips to remove any excess buildup or damage.
  • Modify the bone structure.
  • Utilize a dental laser to form a blood clot.
  • Adjust occlusal (a tooth’s biting surface) trauma.

This procedure not only effectively removes damaged tissue and harmful bacteria around a dental implant but also promotes healthy gums to regrow and adhere to the clean surface. This creates a closed system to protect your implant and regenerate the supporting tissue and bone.

The LAPIP™ is a quick, effective, and virtually painless procedure that can save your dental implant and treat your periodontal disease. It is the most effective treatment, having a 95% reintegration rate. If you have a dental implant and periodontal disease, we invite you to call or visit our office to receive the professional treatment you need to restore your oral health. We are here to care for your smile.