The Problem with Smoking and Implants

The Problem with Smoking and Implants

Many patients turn to dental implants as an effective and definitive solution to replace lost teeth, which is in fact a great solution. Dental implants help us to chew correctly, allow us to speak naturally and improve the appearance of our smile. However, smokers are a special case.

The Problem with Smoking and Implants

As everyone knows, any surgery carries a minimal risk and dental implantation techniques are no exception. As with any other surgery, smoking also increases the risks associated with this surgical technique. If a patient smokes after receiving dental implants, he/she may experience the following problems:

  • The dreaded perimplantitis
  • Slower healing
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Increased implant failure rate
  • Reduced effectiveness of drugs

One of the most frequently suffered complications for smokers after implant placement is inflammation of the circumciser area in which the implant develops a mucous bag that does not allow for osseointegration, therefore defeating the implant. This is a problem that can occur in any patient, although the odds of suffering it are significantly higher in patients who smoke.

Other Risks

Tobacco also interferes with many of the body's other healing functions, which is why we always recommend that patients stop smoking before any surgery.

Nicotine tends to reduce blood oxygen in addition to hindering the body's ability to fight infections and also reduces the effectiveness of antibiotics and other drugs. These effects lead to a slower healing process as well as more post-surgical complications and a greater probability of implant failure.

Quit Smoking, the Sensible Option

If you're thinking about undergoing a dental implant treatment, quitting smoking is your best option. This decision positively change your life and help give you the needed excuse to quit a bad habit.

In order to receive implants, you will need to stop smoking at least one week before treatment and refrain from smoking for at least six weeks after therapy.