Peri-implantitis & Failing Dental Implants in Modesto, CA
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is an important step for many patients and can provide some relief and personal satisfaction after months or years living with gaps in the smile. However, some dental implants may develop an infection around the base, peri-implantitis, which could lead to gum and bone damage without treatment.
RISKS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Even though dental implants are a viable choice for replacing missing teeth, they are not without some risks. If you receive implants from an unskilled dental professional or you fail to take care of your oral health by cleaning your teeth and flossing regularly, you are at a higher risk of developing peri-implantitis.
Common signs of peri-implantitis include:
- Inflammation around an implant
- Dull ache
PERI-IMPLANTITIS TREATMENT WITH LASER TREATMENT
Dr. Morita has extensive experience using dental lasers at his practice and has utilized the technology for over 10 years. He uses the minimally-invasive LANAP® protocol for gum disease and LAPIP® protocol for peri-implantitis.
Treatment with lasers is very targeted and can eradicate infection quickly, without damage to surrounding tissue or the implant itself. If left untreated, the infection can destroy the gum tissue around the implant and completely destabilize the dental implant and bone below it. This is why early treatment is key to maintaining good oral health.
BENEFITS OF LAPIP
- Eradicates bacteria quickly
- Fast haling time and minimal downtime
- Little to no pain
- Halts bone loss below the implant
- Stabilizes the dental implant
- Restores proper function of dental implants
- Reduces risk of further complications