Unfortunately, implants are not entirely immune to problems. If not properly maintained, bone and soft tissue issues can arise, leading to bone loss, implant mobility and potentially implant loss. This is commonly known as peri-implantitis and needs to be treated immediately in order to prevent loss of the implant. Treatment involves cleaning out the area, removing harmful bacteria that cause destruction and potentially building back the bone that was lost in certain cases if possible. It is imperative to routinely see your periodontist and hygienist in order to maintain implants after they are placed, similar to maintaining frequent oil changes in your vehicle.