If you are a smoker, you might want to postpone your upcoming dental implant procedure until you’ve had time to quit. It turns out that smoking is one of those bad habits that may not only shorten your lifespan, but smoking may also make it more difficult to heal from implant surgery. Any complications during the implant procedure, from the first incision to the placing of the crown, should be avoided at all costs. That’s why, if you smoke and you are considering dental implants, you might want to throw out your pack right now and get to quitting. Here are a few reasons why.
Slow to Recover
When you smoke, you lower the supply of oxygen in your bloodstream, making it more difficult for your body to heal from injury. After the first surgical procedure, your jawbone must heal around the implant to set it in place. Without your body’s natural ability to heal, you may experience implant failure.
Smokers who undergo dental implant surgery sometimes experience peri-implantitis, which is an infection that prevents the bone from healing properly; which can again lead to implant failure.
Hinders the Effectiveness of Medication
Your dental implant specialist may recommend certain medications following the dental implant procedure, such as antibiotics. These will help to prevent infection so that the implant is more likely to set and remain permanent. If you are a smoker, these antibiotics may not work as well, and we’re back to the infection and the resulting implant failure.
It is recommended that you quit smoking at least four weeks prior to your initial dental implant procedure, and that you refrain from smoking for at least six weeks after the surgery has been completed.
When your goal is to have a mouth full of healthy teeth, you should want to do anything within your power to make that possible. Smoking is a habit that has many negative side effects and it can hinder your ability to take advantage of this wonder of dental science. We finally have the ability to replace teeth with ultra-realistic alternatives; but only if you aid the process by caring for the implant properly. For this reason, we urge you to stop smoking for your health, for your family’s health and for the success of your future dental implant procedure.