ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL
Knowing what to expect and what you should or shouldn’t do following implant surgery is essential to healing properly. If you are considering dental implants, it is important to know how to plan and what steps you need to take to get the best results. One common question is – can I smoke after getting an implant? Our Orange City implant dentist, Dr. Terry Soule, is answering that question on the blog today.
At Terry Soule, DDS, we understand that no one can make you stop smoking. Still, we want to explain the dangers of smoking following implant surgery. Otherwise, you could end up with total implant failure, which is a complete waste of your hard-earned money!
Smoking Increases Risk of Gum Disease
Smoking, as we already know, is bad for your overall health and well-being. But, it poses a significant threat to the success of your dental implant. Studies link smoking to an increased risk of gum disease, which already inflicts half of the adults in the U.S. Gum disease is an active infection in the gums that results in jawbone erosion, infection, and tooth loss. While it cannot be cured, it can be managed with proper at-home oral hygiene and routine dental cleanings. However, smoking impedes healing, which is like taking two steps forward and one step back when you’re trying to manage gum disease and maintain good oral health. Left untreated, gum disease eventually erodes the jawbone, making it difficult to wear dentures, let alone support an implant.
Smoking Impedes Healing
Part of getting a dental implant involves months of healing, which allows the implant to fuse to the jawbone, a process known as ossenogeneration. Slow healing is caused by the carcinogen in cigarettes known as nicotine, which interferes with blood-oxygen levels. Proper oxygen levels are necessary for cell regeneration and repair. In terms of dental implants, smoking could compromise the ossenogeneration process and lead to total implant failure. Considering the cost, you probably don’t want to risk it!
How long do I have to quit smoking?
Giving up smoking entirely and indefinitely is best. Still, if you cannot do that, we recommend not smoking for one week before your procedure and two to three weeks later. Kicking the habit is not an easy feat. But, we recommend trying a smoking cessation program or speak with your primary doctor for ways to help you quit smoking. Even if you are not getting dental implants, quit smoking for fresher breath, brighter and healthier teeth, and improved overall health.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dental implants are ideal for adults with one or more missing teeth. However, certain medical conditions may not make you a good candidate because of a higher risk of implant failure. In general, patients with good oral health and healthy jawbone may experience a 95% success rate with getting a dental implant. The best way to know if you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Soule. If you are not a candidate for implants, Dr. Soule offers other tooth replacement options such as dental bridges and partial dentures.
Implant Dentist in Orange City, DeBary, and Deltona
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or to see if you are a candidate, please call Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552 to schedule a consultation.