LAPIP – Laser Assisted Perio-Implant Procedure

The last 20 years has seen a revolution in dentistry, especially in the field of Dental Implants. Gone are the days where patients have to suffer with loose fitting dentures, and removable partials that cause damage to adjacent teeth. Dental Implants are here to stay and are highly successful when placed and restored by experienced practitioners.

Despite our best efforts, we are seeing more and more complications with implants. One common condition is “peri-implantitis”. Many times, implants can get infected under the gum line, which can result in bone loss around the implant.  In some cases, the implant itself can be lost. Complications due to smoking, systemic disease, medications and other factors can all lead to this problem.

Peri-implantitis treatment has proven less predictable than periodontitis.  Traditional surgical access, cleaning and application of bone regenerative procedures have shown varying degrees of success, although peri-implantitis treatment does not have long-term success data yet.

With the advent of LAPIP, which is a specific laser surgery procedure (does not involve a scalpel or stitches), Dr. Culberson has an additional treatment option to treat the infection, arrest the destructive progression, and in some cases regenerate new bone around the implant itself!

LAPIP — which stands for Laser Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure, is the only FDA cleared laser procedure to treat ailing dental implants.

Dr. Culberson can discuss with you which treatment option best meets your needs.