New Dental Implants? Here’s Why You Should Put Off Smoking for a Bit

Dental ImplantsIf you have recently received tooth implants, experts suggest putting off lighting up for a bit; smoking may increase the risk of tooth implant failure.

Normally, pre-implant preparation is similar to prepping up for surgery, since implants require surgery. A reputable dentist first conducts a comprehensive evaluation to know if a patient is a good candidate for a tooth implant. He or she carries out a series of tests to determine if the patient is in good health, has healthy gums, and has adequate and strong bones to support the implant.

Even when the patient is found to be qualified for an implant, however, a recent study shows that the treatment may backfire if the patient smokes.

Steer Clear of Cigs

Researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain conducted a five-year study of 66 patients who received 165 implants, looking into their progress regularlyThe researchers found substantial evidence of possible implant failure among patients who smoke. Smokers were found to be at a greater risk of infection after the dental implant treatment, which may slow down the healing process.

The study proponents also said there was a 15.8% probability for the implant to fail among smokers, while there was only 1.4% in nonsmokers. A primary reason for this is that smoking can cause bone loss around the area of the implants, as well as large soft-tissue pockets.

On the other hand, healing may catch up with the patients if they don’t smoke for about three months after the treatment.

Proper Care for Implants

Proper care is essential to ensure your implants quick and complete healing and longevity. Apart from steering clear of cigarettes, dentists recommend caring for implants the way you would natural teeth. It’s imperative to keep the mouth clean by brushing and flossing as often as needed and investing in additional gentle cleaning aids such as a low-abrasive dentifrice.

It is important to seek a reliable doctor before deciding on getting implants. Be honest about answering the screening questions, as your truthful answers will help your dentist determine your eligibility for implants, or whether it is the best option for your oral health.