After looking into all of your restoration options, you finally decided to get dental implants. You know they can offer benefits that dentures aren’t able to, and you’re looking forward to getting your oral health back in tip-top shape. The only thing is, you have a difficult oral habit to break that could be harming your oral health…smoking. But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you’re not a candidate for dental implants. Read on to learn how smoking can affect your new restorations and actions you can take to protect your new oral investment.
Smoking And Your Oral Health
You’ve most likely heard that tobacco use and smoking can have detrimental impacts on your oral health. This habit can cause dry mouth, and when you don’t produce enough saliva, it can cause your mouth to become infested with harmful bacteria. Additionally, smoking is known to weaken the immune system, leaving you susceptible to gum disease and dental decay.
The research behind tobacco use and oral health has shown that smokers have double the risk of developing gum disease. When this oral disease forms, when left untreated, it can progress and become incurable. It has also been linked to various overall health issues such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and respiratory infections.
Smoking And Implant Failure
Smoking is known to cause bone deterioration and ultimately lead to infection or dental implant failure. In fact, researchers followed 66 patients who received dental implants over the course of 5 years. Over that time, they found that the implant failure rate for people who smoked was 15.8%, compared to 1.4% in patients who didn’t.
Patients who are smokers have a greater risk of experiencing infection after the surgery because of bacteria build-up and weakened bone structure. It also restricts blood flow to your gums and can slow down the healing process. This can interfere with the process of osseointegration, where your implants fuse with your jawbone.
Protecting Your Implants
Dental implants are a pretty large investment to make, both in time and money. This probably makes you even more motivated to take care of them so you can reap the benefits they have to offer for years to come. You can reduce your risk of implant failure by quitting smoking before and after you get the surgery. This will allow your gums to heal properly and help with saliva production and controlling oral bacteria growth.
Because you’re investing so much time and money into a healthier smile, you’ll want to look after your implants by brushing and flossing daily. Visiting your implant dentist for your semi-annual checkups and cleanings can also help you get the most out of your restorations. You can also ask them any questions or concerns you may have about tobacco use and the procedure.
About the Practice
At Comprehensive Dental, we offer the expertise and knowledge of 3 highly-trained dental professionals. Each of our dentists pursues advanced education and training so they can provide patients with quality comprehensive treatment. Patients can enjoy getting the best restorative treatment and leaving with a smile they’re proud of. For questions or to schedule a consultation for dental implants, visit our website or contact 973-633-5666.