Smoking and Dental Implants

In this post, you will see why smoking and dental implants is a bad match up, and hopefully after reading this article you can consider quitting smoking once and for all. We have talk a bit about the why you should avoid smoking if you have dental implants in our previous post. Now we’re going to have an in-depth discussion about this.

Dental implant is a dental care procedure which function is to replace your teeth. It may look like a simple denture, but the real secret of this procedure lies in the titanium-based screw that is drilled into your jawbone.

The regular denture that is not supported with the titanium root implant may look just as good, but there’s a hidden disadvantage. Since the regular denture doesn’t have a root to support it; people often complaint about how wobbly it is. In fact, there are a significant number of people who have trouble eating or even talking normally.

Another disadvantage of the regular denture is the bone loss. Over the time, the areas near the hole left by the missing tooth will experience bone loss, which may alter the position of your teeth alignment or even your cheekbone.

These disadvantages are not found in dental implant procedure. The titanium implant acts and performs just like a teeth root that prevents bone loss in your jaw bone. Moreover, the dentures placed using this method are extremely firmly placed. You can even eat your favorite steak after the procedure is done!

Now the dental implant procedure may sound a perfect solution for tooth loss, but there are still some things to consider. In general, the quality of the denture differs depending on the brand (and usually, price) your orthodontist is using. There are also some risks associated with food or other substance you consume; including smoking.

Smoking and Dental Implants

I think I don’t have to explain any further about the bad effect of smoking for your general health. Most people have already known that smoking is closely related to heart disease, lung cancer, TBC, and many other dangerous conditions. Smoking also have bad effect to dental implants and general oral health. Smoking is associated with the increase risk of periodontal diseases, mouth cancer, root caries and peri-implantitis.

Dental implant procedure involves surgery, and the smoking habit can disrupt the healing process of the wound. In fact, most of the dental implant failures are related to patient’s habits; which include smoking. Therefore, it is common that the oral surgeon or periodontist will recommend you to stop smoking two weeks prior to the surgery. You are also forbidden to smoke until the wound of the surgery is completely healed.

Even after the successful implant and dental prosthetics are placed, smoking habit will shorten the lifespan of the dental implant. Over the time, smoking will cause stains on the tooth implant, which may not have the same color as your other teeth.

Dental implants are quite expensive investment, so you really need to carefully take care of them. They are indeed come in high quality material, but it is still very important to maintain the beauty of the implant by avoiding the risks, including smoking.

I hope this post can assist you in finding the information about smoking and dental implants.

REFERENCES

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3894084/