Dental implants are not quick and easy to put in place. They often require extensive procedures and healing times. Could smoking actually hurt implants and cause negative impacts?
First things first, smoking is just overall bad for you. The long-term effects are increased risks of cancer and lung disease, never mind that pesky death thing that usually occurs. Smoking has a very detrimental effect on your teeth gums.
Smoking causes mouth dryness as well as inhibits the flow of blood to the mouth, which it needs to remain healthy. It can cause an increase in the number of bacteria in the mouth as well as a lower ability to heal properly. Because of this, smokers are much more likely to get gum disease.
Dental implant success relies pretty heavily on the health of your jawbone and gums. Smoking right after surgery delays the healing timeline of your jaw and increased the risk of developing an infection. Many patients with gum disease simply can’t get implants since the risk of failure for the implant is high. So if smoking increases the chance of gum disease, then it certainly increases the odds of your implant failing.
Quitting smoking is, obviously, the best for your overall health. But at a minimum, quitting smoking for the first few weeks after getting an implant is vital. With the time, money and energy put into getting a dental implant, it is crucial to do whatever you can to ensure the longevity of your implant. The need to get a dental implant could be the perfect opportunity to put down that pack of smokes and never pick it up again. Your mouth will thank you for it!