A recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of lasers to regenerate tissue. Utilizing the body’s own natural ability to “heal itself”, Drs. Markle and Herman utilize the PerioLase for the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP). Lasers are also used to treat failing dental implants through a procedure called Laser-Assisted Peri-Implant Procedure (LAPIP). Performed without a scalpel and sutures, the use of lasers creates an environment for regeneration of the tissues around your teeth (gum, bone, cementum, ligament) that are lost due to periodontal disease.
The laser gum treatment works by targeting only diseased gum, which it discerns by the color. Diseased gums are darker than healthy gums. The laser then agitates the healthy tissue, encouraging it to reattach to the bone. Because of the regrowth of this connective tissue, there is also a much lower chance of gum disease returning than with traditional surgery.
Due to the ability of the laser to target and remove only diseased tissue, Drs. Markle and Herman are able to help restore you to health with no post-operative pain and fewer side effects and risks than traditional surgery.
Despite our best efforts, we are seeing more and more complications with gum disease affecting dental implants. This is a condition we call “Peri-Implantitis”. Many times, an implant site can get infected under the gum line. This can result in bone loss around the implant, and in some cases loss of the implant itself. Complications due to systemic disease, medications, and even aging can all lead to this problem.
Until recently, the only treatment for an “ailing” implant was either extensive surgical repair or, in most cases, removal of the implant and waiting for a new one to replace it.
With the advent of LAPIP, a laser gum surgery (does not involve a scalpel or stitches) specifically for dental implants, we are able to treat the infections and arrest the disease. In some cases, we can regenerate new bone around the implant itself!
LAPIP is the only FDA-cleared laser procedure to treat ailing dental implants.
It is important to follow the instructions of your care provider to achieve the best results and prevent complications. Here are some general guidelines to follow after LANAP or LAPIP laser gum treatment.
Do not be alarmed that beginning within two weeks after LANAP or LAPIP laser gum treatment and extending as long as one year or more, the teeth may become sore, tender, or sensitive as the bone and ligaments around the teeth regenerate and become more firm. This is a sign of healing but may also indicate the presence of a bite imbalance that may need adjustment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call us!