Yes, definitely. It’s called peri-implantitis.

Implants are just as susceptible to periodontal disease as teeth especially if the other teeth present have periodontal disease. Once periodontal disease starts on implants, bone loss can be more rapid than on teeth. This is because implants, unlike teeth, lack fibers that attach directly to them to resist the down growth of infection.

Several studies have found that as many as 56% of patients will develop peri-implantitis and a survey of periodontists reported that up to 10% of implants must be removed because of peri-implantitis.

Peri-implantitis is treated the same way as periodontal disease on teeth including plaque control and mechanical debridement. Treatment success is variable although laser treatment shows promise if the bone loss is not too severe.

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