About the LAPIP Procedure
Protect Implants From Gum Disease
Dental implants have changed the game when it comes to restoring damaged or missing teeth. But nearly 80% of people with a dental implant are at high risk of “peri-implantitis,” an infection of the gum and bone around the implant. LAPIP is the answer!
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Why Treat Gum Disease With the LAPIP Procedure?
|LAPIP||Gum Disease Surgery|
|Healing Time||No scalpel and no stitches means you heal fast.||Cutting and scraping can result in a long painful recovery with added complications.|
|Convenience & Comfort||Fast recovery. Most patients take only aspirin or ibuprofen.||Multiple surgeries are painful and can disrupt your life.|
|Gum & Bone Health||LAPIP causes almost no bleeding or inflammation and actually promotes the growth of healthy gum and bone tissue.||Surgery removes and can cause infection in healthy tissue, doing nothing to promote the growth of healthy gum and bone.|
With LAPIP your implants can last a lifetime!
“Ever since my first appointment almost three years ago I’ve been very satisfied and pleased with the care I’ve received at Blodgett Dental Care. Dr. Blodgett, Maggie, Amy and Jai have answered all my detailed questions and concerns in detail with patience and respect. I really appreciate Dr. Blodgett’s holistic approach to dentistry and that he is all about educating his patients about the close relationship of the teeth/gums to the rest of the body.”
– Sherry W.
How the LAPIP Procedure Works
LAPIP was developed by the same expert clinicians who created the LANAP protocol. It is a minimally-invasive laser gum disease treatment designed specifically for treating gum disease near dental implants. The procedure even helps regrow healthy tissue instead of killing it. If you have a dental implant, LAPIP is simply the best way to treat “peri-implantitis”.
Using a Millennium Dental Technologies’ PerioLase MVP-7™ laser, Dr. Blodgett can precisely target and eliminate diseased tissue. After just one treatment, you’ll begin to experience:
- Significantly less inflammation, swelling, and redness
- Regrowth of healthy bone and gum tissues
Meet Dr. Blodgett – Portland’s Most Experienced Practitioner of the LAPIP Protocol
“I love dental implants. They truly changed the way dentists think about restoring teeth. But gum disease near an implant is very common and can have devastating effects including irreversible bone loss.
In 2004, I became the first dentist in Portland to be certified in the LAPIP procedure. I’ve helped hundreds of patients eliminate gum disease and preserve the integrity of their implants without painful surgery.
There’s simply no better way to restore health to your gums and protect your implants than the LAPIP procedure. It truly is revolutionary.”
“I have a big anxiety about going to the dentist, so of course I was very nervous before my first visit to Dr. Boldgett’s office. But from the first phone call I had to set up my appointment, I could tell that I was going to be in good hands. Everyone is so understanding and comforting. I was then blown away at the level of detail they go into with the different xrays and procedures. They are all about building partnerships and trust. Thank you isn’t enough to express how truly grateful I really am!!”
– Andrea K.
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LAPIP Procedure FAQ
Are dental implants permanent?
With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime. But peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease that forms near dental implants, can cause your implant to fail. Untreated gum disease can lead to permanent bone loss, a process known as resorption. When treated with LAPIP laser gum disease therapy, your jaw bone will actually become stronger and better able to support your dental implant.
Is there really no cutting and no stitches with LAPIP?
Just like LANAP, the LAPIP procedure doesn’t require a scalpel or any stitches. It’s incredible.
How dangerous is untreated gum disease?
Your mouth is like a gateway to the rest of your body. Weak, infected gums allow dangerous infections to enter your body, contributing to serious health problems like:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Treating gum disease with the LAPIP procedure is one of the best ways to protect your entire body!
What are the most common symptoms of gum disease?
Most people will experience symptoms like:
- Red, puffy, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Gums that are sensitive or that become irritated when brushing or flossing
- Chronic bad breath
- Receding gums
Will the LAPIP procedure be covered by my insurance?
Depending on your insurance plan, some of the LAPIP procedure may be paid for by your insurance. Dr. Blodgett’s office staff can help you understand your policy and your benefits. Call (503) 285-3620 to learn more.
My dentist said surgery was the best way to treat gum disease. Can you help?
Unfortunately, many dentists have not kept up with the latest technologies and techniques available to them. Many aren’t even aware of the LAPIP procedure, despite it having been available for more than 20 years! Dr. Blodgett is happy to offer a second opinion so that you can understand all of your options for achieving total gum health.