Helping Patients Keep Their Dental Implants For Life
Dental implants are the strongest and longest-lasting solution for replacing teeth. When properly taken care of, they can last a lifetime, and River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry can help you do just that. In addition to fixing problematic implants, our doctors effectively diagnose and treat peri-implantitis, the leading cause of implant failure.
What is Peri-implantitis?
Peri-implantitis is a progressive inflammation of the gum and bone tissue surrounding an implant. It is caused by bacteria that are allowed to congregate on the implant surface under the gumline. Untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to bleeding, bone loss and the eventual failure of an implant.
Minimally Invasive Laser Treatment With LAPIP™
Our doctors use a gentle, state-of-the-art laser to clean the surface of the implant, destroy the bacteria and remove diseased and damaged tissue without harming healthy tissues. This is called the Laser-Assisted Peri-Implantitis Protocol (LAPIP), and it is just like LANAP®, except for implants instead of natural teeth. The laser also stimulates your body’s natural regeneration abilities to encourage the regrowth of any gum or bone tissue that may have been lost due to the disease.
Signs of Problems With Implants
The following are signs that an implant has developed potential complications, and therefore an examination is needed:
- Red or bluish-purple gums around the implant (indicates inflammation)
- Bleeding at the gumline when brushing
- Swelling of gums around the implant
- Sensitivity or soreness around the implant
- Pus coming from the implant or gums
- The implant is loose
- The threads of the implant are exposed
If you are experiencing any of the above, call your closest office or click here to schedule an appointment right away!