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Chad M. Boustany D.D.S., M.S.

Can Smoking Negatively Impact Dental Implants?

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Dr. Boustany
Can Smoking Negatively Impact Dental Implants? You will have dental implants if you smoke but the dentist will determine if you are a candidate for the implants. The dentist will advise you to quit smoking if you are to have implants and the dentist will also give you information on complications if you smoke and you will need to give consent before any treatment. Our dental team will guide you on what you need to do when you need to have implants.

Bone grafts and smoking

If you are to have a dental implant, then you need to have dense bone on your jaws. If you have less jaw bone, then you might not be a candidate for a bone grafting procedure. A strong bone is a need in order to offer support to the implant, if you smoke this will affect the healing process if you have had grafting treatment followed by implant placement.

Smoking and dental implants

Smoking is a major contributor to tooth loss and maybe the main reason why you get yourself in need of dental implants. The smoking of nicotine causes constriction of blood vessels and hence reduces blood flow and oxygen flow to soft tissues hence affecting the immune system. This leads to a slowed healing process and there is long-term poor health for the bone and gum. Osseointegration is impaired by smoking and this is a risk to the implants and this may make them fall. Our dental professionals will do dental implants for you if you are a smoker the dentist will guide you on the steps to take when you are having implant.
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