Peri-Implantitis Is Best Treated by a Skilled Periodontist
Is infection around your dental implant threatening the health of your smile? Peri-implantitis may be to blame and is the primary cause of failing dental implants. This concerning oral condition is characterized by a breakdown of gum and bone tissue supporting a dental implant and is best treated by a periodontist and implant specialist. Though implants are designed to last long-term, visiting a specialist if peri-implantitis develops can save your tooth replacement, and your oral health investment. At Council Oak Dental Implants & Periodontics, we have the specialized skills, knowledge and experience to reestablish implant health with our minimally invasive, advanced approach to peri-implantitis care.
What Causes Peri-Implantitis?
Implants require healthy bone and soft tissue for support. Peri-implantitis compromises the integrity of this support system, leading to bone loss and complications with dental implants. Periodontists are extremely adept at managing the condition, and highly equipped to identify and help mitigate oral risks that may cause peri-implant issues. Without proper periodontal care, peri-implantitis can result in failing dental implants, and further oral health concerns. Several factors can lead to peri-implantitis and failing dental implants. These include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding
- Excess dental cement
Minimally-Invasive Periodontal Care
Dr. Christopher Bingham has advanced training in PerioLaser techniques and is experienced in saving failing dental implants from peri-implantitis. As a leading periodontist, he has an in-depth understanding of and expertise in periodontal conditions that threaten bone, gum and implant health. Dr. Bingham and our team proudly take a minimally invasive approach in evaluating the cause of and treating peri-implantitis. We offer gentle laser treatment with the LAPIP™ protocol as well as non-laser care to help save failing dental implants. These proven techniques, along with our passion for helping patients achieve optimal health, strongly serve our commitment to delivering the highest standard of specialized periodontal care.
The LAPIP Protocol For Peri-Implantitis
- Perio probe indicates excessive pocket depth.
- Laser vaporizes bacteria, diseased tissue, pathologic proteins, and titanium corrosion contaminants in soft tissue.
- Ultrasonic scaler tips are used to remove surface accretions.
- Bone is modified at time of surgery.
- Laser is used to form a stable fibrin blood clot containing stem cells from bone.
- Adhesion to clean surface, with a stable fibrin clot at the gingival crest to create a ‘closed system’.
- Occlusal trauma is adjusted.
- New attachment is regenerated.