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Why Implants and Smoking Don't Mix

Posted on 1/25/2017 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
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When you smoke, your oral tissues have a very hard time healing from even a minor abrasion. Each cigarette adds more damage to your mouth, and can lead to tooth loss, gum problems, and even bone loss.

Because of these facts, getting implants is often something dentists will not always offer up to smokers. If you are in need of dental implants, but you smoke, you are likely going to have to quit before it will become an option.

How Smoking Affects Your Whole Mouth

Smoking is dangerous to your entire body. The negative health effects of smoking have been known for decades. With each cigarette you light up, you are introducing toxins into your body. Those toxins not only hurt you, but they also make it to where your body has to try and send healing cells to your body as soon as you put that cigarette out.

If your body is constantly trying to play catch-up because of smoking, it is not going to be able to keep up with healing as well following a major oral surgery to put the posts in place that would hold on to your implants.

Plus, since smoking directly causes bone loss, it can also deteriorate the bone around the implant posts after they have been placed. This can cause your implants to fail and it can make you ineligible for any other option for tooth replacement.

Dental implants are a great option when you need to replace any or all of the teeth in your mouth. However, smoking can make healing after getting the surgery nearly impossible in many circumstances.

If you want to turn to dental implants to fix any open spots in your mouth, contact our office and see what you would need to do to prepare for the procedure.

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