LAPIP - Fort Lauderdale, FL

A Proven Treatment for Saving Failing Dental Implants

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A Gentler Method for Saving Your Dental Implants

At Dr. Pattys Dental Boutique, we offer a gentler solution for treating ailing implants called LAPIP™, which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implantitis Procedure. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory that can impact patients that have undergone dental implant procedures. When left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to bone loss around dental implants and failure. LAPIP™ in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a tissue-sparing technique to improve the bone and gum health around ailing dental implants and save them from failure. It utilizes the same minimally invasive principles as LANAP™, which targets the source of inflammation without damaging or removing healthy gum tissue.

LAPIP in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a tissue-sparing technique to improve the bone and gum health around ailing dental implants and save them from failure.

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Understanding Peri-Implantitis?

Peri-implantitis is an infectious disease in which inflammation affects the gums and bone around your dental implant. Similar to untreated gum disease in which infection can impact a natural tooth root, when peri-implantitis progresses, bacteria flourish and an infection can form around the dental implant. While the exact incidence of this inflammatory condition isn’t clear, studies suggest peri-implantitis can occur in an estimated 5% to 8% of dental implant systems. In its earliest and reversible stages when bacteria only infiltrate the soft tissue around a dental implant, it’s referred to as peri-implant mucositis. Early symptoms include swollen gums and tenderness and sensitivity in your mouth.
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Treatment from A Experienced Professional

If you’re exhibiting symptoms of an ailing dental implant, it’s important to be treated by an experienced professional with extensive knowledge of soft and hard tissues of the oral region. At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique, Dr. Patterson is skilled in bone grafting techniques to enable patients with bone loss to be candidates for dental implants and also has proven expertise utilizing LAPIP to eradicate diseased tissue and bacteria around implants.

What Are the Risk Factors of Peri-Implantitis?

Active gum disease must be treated first because its presence significantly lowers the chance of dental implants fusing with your jawbone. In addition to gum disease, other factors that increase the risk of dental implant failure include:

The Evidenced-Based LAPIP Procedure

LAPIP in Fort Lauderdale, FL is a gentler alternative to traditional surgery that eliminates the need to cut a flap to expose infected gum tissue and bone damage. During the procedure, the area is numbed and you can choose from different sedation options based on the severity of your case and personal preference. A specialized probe is used to assess excessive pocket depth, then Dr. Patterson uses the PerioLase MVP-7 laser to vaporize bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium post contaminants in soft tissue. Surface growth is removed with ultrasonic scaler tips and bone and bite changes are modified as needed. The laser forms a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from the bone to create a secure enclosure to protect the area from infection. These steps enable the dental implant to begin reintegrating with your jawbone.

Benefits of LAPIP

Studies show that 95% of the failing implants treated with the LAPIP protocol reintegrate in the pocket and stabilize with bone growth of 3-8 threads.

Benefits include:

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Your Gum and Bone Expert

At Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique, Dr. Patty goes to great lengths to minimize bacterial exposure during dental implant procedures. When you receive dental implants in Ft. Lauderdale Fl, we believe a successful outcome goes way beyond walking out of our office with a beautiful new smile. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy smile that lasts for years to come and hopefully a lifetime! Should peri-implantitis occur, LAPIP enhances our ability to stop progression of soft tissue and or bone loss and achieve dental implant retention far more comfortably than traditional methods.

Don’t let gum disease destroy your smile or your health!

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