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If You Smoke and Want a Dental Implant, You Need to Know These Details

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If you smoke, you know that it’s bad for your health. Smoking is an addiction and can be a tough habit to give up, especially if someone close to you smokes. Smoking has a negative impact on your oral health in a number of ways:

  • Increased risk of gum disease
  • Increases risk of oral cancer
  • Causes dry mouth
  • Stains teeth

Choosing to smoke will require you to take even better care of your teeth than a non-smoker. If you want to learn more, we offer periodontal treatment in our Indianapolis dental office and can share some tips and products to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Smoking and Dental Implants

Recently, a study published in the Journal of Oral Implantology illustrates that smoking can have a negative impact on the success of your dental implant, especially in the first two years after dental implant surgery.

More specifically, smoking has the most negative impact on the implants placed in the maxillary jawbone, or your upper jawbone. 

Your upper jawbone is thinner than the lower jawbone and the part of the healing process that smoking affects most is the process of osseointegration when the jawbone and dental implant fuse together over a period of three to six months. Osseointegration takes much longer for smokers and may fail altogether once the dental implant crown is placed.

If you are considering dental implants, it’s best to tell your dentist about your tobacco habits. Smoking does not necessarily eliminate you as a candidate for dental implants, but the healing process will need to be monitored closely before placing the dental implant crown.

Our team is nonjudgmental and wants to support our patients in good oral health no matter their habits and lifestyles. If you want advice or wish to learn more about how to achieve optimum oral health, give us a call at Shank Dentistry. We look forward to helping you enjoy your healthiest smile.

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