Numerous studies have pointed to the long-term success of dental implants. However, there have been a few cases of failure reported, especially for smoking patients, making smoking one of the biggest risk factors for implant loss.
The complications from smoking
The ideal candidate for dental implants is in good oral and general health, is free of periodontal disease, and has adequate natural healing abilities. Smoking tends to hamper blood circulation which, in turn, interferes with your body’s ability to heal and puts the implant treatment at risk of failure. Smoking also increases the risk of gum disease, which can contribute to implant failure.
Generally, smoking is known to cause:
Increase your chances of implant treatment success
Dental implants are arguably the best replacement option for your missing tooth; however, smoking could disqualify you from the treatment. At the same time, it is a controllable factor.
Considering that smoking increases the risk of dental implant failure by 2 to 10 times, it is important that you stop smoking. This will most probably improve your periodontal health and increase your chances of a successful implant.
If you find it hard to completely stop smoking, consider kicking the habit for a given period before and after the surgical procedure to avoid interfering with the healing process. Ideally, you need to stop smoking for one-to-four weeks before the procedure, and for six weeks during the recovery period, which should put you on track to completely breaking the destructive habit.
For more information about the effects smoking has on your dental implants, contact our team today.