If you have missing or damaged teeth, dental implants are one of the best ways to restore your dental health. If you smoke, however, you can risk the success of your treatment.
Dental implants are screw-like titanium posts, surgically placed within in the jaw bone. As the bone heals around the implant, a permanent bond is created. After the bone completely heals, a dental restoration, such as a dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures, can be attached to the implant.
Smoking And Increased Risk
Like all surgeries, the dental implant procedure carries some risks. Smoking can increase the likelihood of complications. The risks associated with dental implants and smoking include:
• Slow Recovery
Smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal by reducing the oxygen supply in the blood. Smoking can make it difficult for the jaw bone to heal around the implant, putting the smoker at risk for implant failure.
Peri-implantitis is a common complication seen amongst smokers who have undergone dental implant treatment. Peri-implantits is a condition in which the area around the implant becomes inflamed and a deep mucosal pocket develops. The mucosal pocket prevents the bone from healing and bonding around the implant, leading to implant failure.
Smoking can increase the risk of developing an infection around the dental implant following surgery and can make it difficult for the body to fight infection.
• Interferes With Medication
Smoking may interfere with medications, like antibiotics, further increasing the risk for infection and implant failure.
Improving Implant Success Rate For Smokers
For best results with implants, you should try to quit smoking completely, or as a poor second choice, stop smoking for a week before and two weeks after the procedure. Make sure to follow good oral hygiene practices and be diligent about seeing your dentist for checkups and cleaning.
Dental implants can improve quality of life and restore confidence. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and find out if you are a candidate, contact Prestige Oral Surgery at 732-297-7000.