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Are You Putting Your Dental Implants at Risk by Smoking?

April 25, 2017
Posted By: Highland Smiles
Dental Implants and Smoking | Denver Colorado

Everyone knows that smoking is not good for your health, but did you know that smoking can also have a negative impact on your dental implants?

According to the Journal of the International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry, tobacco users do not fare well in terms of any oral treatments.

If you are facing tooth loss and looking into dental implants in the Denver area, you might want to reconsider a smoking habit. Let’s take a look at why smoking is bad for the success rate of your dental implants.

Smoking Is Tough on Your Overall Oral Health

We all know that the long-term effects of smoking include increased incidence of cardiovascular and lung disease as well as cancer. It can also have a negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums.

The reasons for this stem from smoking’s main effects on your oral health: It causes mouth dryness and  inhibits blood flow to the mouth. This can impact the body’s ability to heal and increase the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Because of this, smokers are more prone to severe gum disease.

Smoking Can Inhibit the Success of Your Dental Implants

The success of your implants rests on their ability to fuse with your jawbone successfully. If you smoke immediately after your surgery, you are potentially delaying healing and increasing the chance of developing an infection. This, consequently, means your dental implants risk a higher failure rate.

The dental implant failure rate for smokers is highest during the initial healing phase after the implants have been placed—particularly if the patient is a long-time smoker. Even after healing, smokers face additional risks with bone loss and the potential for gum infection.

Increase Your Chances of Success with Dental Implants

Quitting smoking completely is best for your overall health, but try to at least stop smoking a week before and two weeks after the implant placement surgery. Always practice good oral hygiene and be sure to stay current with regular checkups with your dentist.

Call Highland Smiles to talk about getting dental implants in Denver, and we can discuss your chances of success if you are a smoker. Call today!


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