If you are a smoker, you already know most if not all of the many ways your habit is affecting your health. However, if you are a smoker who is considering dental implants as a means of replacing missing teeth, you need to read this blog post carefully. Implant dentistry is indeed the premier method of replacing missing or extensively damaged teeth. No other method approaches implant-supported restorations in terms of their ability to recreate the appearance, stability, and function of natural teeth. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants absolutely represent your best option for restoring form, function, and health to your mouth.
Unfortunately, if you replace your missing teeth with implant-supported restorations and continue to smoke, you may find yourself in precisely the same situation you find yourself in now in just a matter of years. Considering that dental implants require a significant investment of money and time on your part, you may want to consider an alternative method of treatment if you aren’t at least willing to try to kick the smoking habit.
At Texas Denture Clinic, we want your experience with implant dentistry to be entirely successful and for your dental implants to provide you with decades of healthy smiles. If you are currently a smoker who is willing to try to kick the smoking habit in order to be fitted with implant-supported restorations, we would be more than happy to point you toward some resources that can help you. We would also be pleased to discuss the issue of dental implants and smoking during a consultation at our Fort Worth denture clinic. We invite you to schedule your consultation today.
How does smoking affect implant dentistry?
In general, smoking is horrible for your oral health. If you are a long-time smoker, it probably contributed to your tooth loss, and may even have been the primary cause. Smoking also contributes to gum disease, bad breath, and a host of other oral health problems.
As it specifically concerns dental implants, smoking can:
- Interfere with osseointegration: One of the reasons that dental implants are so effective at replacing missing teeth is that the titanium implant posts integrate with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. Smoking can interfere with this process, ultimately leading to implant failure.
- Interfere with proper post-surgical healing: Smoking interferes with the body’s natural ability to heal itself, which can cause significant delays in the dental implant process and lead to a more painful, less efficient recovery.
- Compromise long-term results: With proper care, dental implants can last for decades and possibly even a lifetime. However, if the implant posts become loose due to gum disease and other oral health problems caused by smoking, they may need to be replaced or repaired much sooner.
Learn More about Dental Implants and Smoking
If you would like to learn more about the adverse effects that smoking can have on dental implants, please contact Texas Denture Clinic today.