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Cigarettes and Implants: 3 Reasons Why They Don’t Mix

July 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Roberto Monteagudo
Close up of person lighting a cigarette | Dental Implants West Allis WI

Most dentists agree that dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Implants, which are secured into the jawbone, are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. They are also cared for just as you would care for your natural teeth, with brushing and flossing.

Although they cannot develop cavities, it’s still important to visit your West Allis dentist regularly to ensure the dental implants are in good shape.

But what if you are a cigarette smoker? Are dental implants still a good idea? Let’s take a look at the facts about cigarettes and implants.

How Smoking Harms Dental Implants

There are three main ways that cigarettes negatively impact dental implants:

  1. Smoking inhibits healing. After any kind of surgery, including dental implant surgery, smoking has a negative impact on the healing process.
  2. Smoking restricts blood flow. This makes it more difficult for the dental implants to fuse with the jawbone, which can lead to dental implant failure. In addition, this restricted blood flow means that smokers are more likely to have gum disease, which is another issue that prevents success with dental implants.
  3. Smoking constricts blood vessels. One of the effects of nicotine is that it constricts blood vessels, making it difficult for nutrients to reach the areas of the body that need healing.

Should Smokers Get Dental Implants?

Only you and your dentist can make this decision. If you are a smoker and you decide to get dental implants, it’s important that you follow your dentist’s recommendations for care very closely.

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, and if you are a smoker, you will greatly increase your chances for implant success by quitting. Quitting smoking will also benefit your overall well-being.

Call your West Allis dentist at WisconsinSmiles to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with cigarettes and dental implants. We can help you make an informed decision.


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