Smoking and Dental Implants

We often get questions from patients about their smoking habits and how it impacts their teeth. Also, some are concerned if smoking affects their ability to get dental implants.

Question: I am a smoker for the past 25 years. Can I get Immediate Implants done with TTPHIL technique?

Most of my patients who are smokers ask me about the success rates of Dental Implants in Smokers when compared with others.  The clear answer is that there is no problem with Smoking. There is no direct relation between Smoking and Dental Implants. Smoking indirectly affects the gums if not taken care of properly leading to peri-implantitis. Whatever you smoke and how often you smoke you can definitely have an immediate load implant – one of the reasons of course is that you don’t have a bone limitation, you don’t need a bone transplant – all these procedures which are contraindicated for smokers are not necessary and therefore you have the same chance as any other patient.

Some heavy smokers even ask us if we can interrupt the operation – of course, yes we can give you a break and you relax a little bit, you smoke a cigarette and then we continue with the influent procedure with an impression. So don’t be worried, you don’t have to limit yourself. You can just live your normal life and we give you the immediate load implants. Smoking doesn’t impact dental implant as it is a complete flapless technique and there is no chance of Infection. Basal Implantology is based on the concept of bicortical anchorage which will allow immediate stabilization of the implant and loading of the implant.

Cigarette smoking has long been known to be associated with a variety of oral conditions including periodontal diseases which are inflammatory diseases affecting the tissues that surround and support the teeth, bone loss, tissue loss, tooth loss and dental implant failure. Nicotine in tobacco has been shown to reduce the blood flow in the mouth, pipe-smoking can be worse than cigarettes due to the higher temperatures generated in the upper jaw and excessive tooth wear as the teeth clench the pipe. Not only is smoking detrimental to implants it’s also bad for conventional bridgework. Smokers also experience a slower healing time when following implant replacements. If you’re a smoker and considering dental implants be sure to talk to your doctor about any increased health risks. So do not neglect your gums. This can lead to implant failure. #Smoking and Dental Implants
 
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