ADA Accessibility Information
Accessibility
A
A
A
(832) 975-0990

Stopping Smoking Improves Your Chances of Getting Dental Implants


Posted on 1/23/2017 by Dr. Dennison
A diagram of how a dental implant works.
When you experience tooth loss, it can be a scary time. Losing your teeth can lead to difficulty eating and speaking, as well as make you self-conscious. Your remaining teeth may shift out of their normal position. Tooth loss also leads to bone loss, a weakened jaw that changes shape and gives you an aged look.

Dental implants are a great solution to tooth loss, giving you back full use of your mouth and preventing bone loss. But if you are a smoker, you may not be able to get implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium rods that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. These rods fuse to the bone and act as tooth roots to which false teeth are attached. Implants can be used for single missing teeth or to replace an entire bridge. They restore your ability to eat all of your favorite foods, speak normally and maintain the integrity of your jawbone.

Slowed Recovery
Recovery from dental implant surgery can take upwards of 12 weeks, and smoking can significantly slow that process even more. Smoking interferes with the body's natural ability to regenerate new tissue and affects blood flow, which means important nutrients don't always reach the surgical site. It also affects the amount of oxygen in your blood, which is also crucial to recovery.

Greater Risk of Infection]
Surgery already carries a risk of infection, but smoking greatly increases that risk. Smoking decreases the effectiveness of antibiotics. It can also dislodge clots, exposing bone. Tobacco, nicotine and other harmful chemicals can then enter the space and wreak havoc.

Implant Failure

Implant success depends on the implant's ability to fuse to your jawbone. Smoking can harm the bone and the healing tissues, leading to inflammation and infection. These factors can greatly affect the ability of implants to properly fuse, which often means implant failure.

Dental implants are a great option if you have suffered tooth loss, but smoking can stand in your way of receiving the procedure. In order to be a candidate and ensure success, you must first be willing to quit smoking, which has the added benefit of improving your overall health as well.

Please contact our office if you have a questions about dental implants.
University Periodontal Associates
3100 Richmond Ave, Suite 509
Houston, TX 77098

Phone (832) 975-0990

1

Home  | Our Practice  | Services  | Patient Information  | Contact Us  | David Dennison, DDS  | Testimonials  | Seattle Study Club  | Dental Implants  | Gum Disease (Periodontitis)  | Cosmetic Gum Contouring  | Preventive Dentistry  | All-On-4 Treatment Concept  | Sedation  | Dental Bridges Vs. Dental Implants  | Community Activities  | Patient Forms  | Resources  | Dental Videos  | Dental Blog  | Dental Technologies

Copyright © 2014-2017 University Periodontal Associates and WEO MEDIA. All rights reserved.  Sitemap | Links
University Periodontal Associates, 3100 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX, 77098 - Related Phrases: periodontist Houston TX, dental implants Houston TX, (832) 975-0990, www.gums-houston.com, 11/23/2017