Smoking causes a host of medical issues and has grave impacts on the overall health of a person. Several studies suggest that smokers do not fare well when it comes to oral treatments either. It has been found that the chances of dental implant failure are almost 10 times more for a smoker.
Implants are manufactured devices which function as anchors for replacement teeth and are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. Implants are made of titanium and other metals compatible with the human body and help in improving long term oral health.
Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to develop lethal diseases like heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. Smoking also causes oral health problems such as bad breath and stained teeth. The most serious damage that smoking can cause, is an increased risk of cancer in lips, tongue, throat, voice box and gullet.
Professionals like Dr Al Gulum suggest that people who smoke are at a greater risk of infection following surgery. They also heal more slowly. It has been observed that an implant placed in a smoker is more likely to fail.
The dental implant failure rate for smokers is highest during the initial few days. This phase is the healing phase after the implants have been placed. Even after healing, smokers face additional risks like bone loss and the potential gum infection.
The ideal thing to do in order to improve your chances of success in dental implants is to stop smoking at least one week before the procedure. You should also avoid smoking for at least 2 months, after the implant placement. This will prevent the negative impacts of smoking from affecting the osseointegration period. Smoking before or after the stages of the dental implant procedure increases the chances of complications greatly.
Schedule an appointment with Dr Al Gulum today, to know more about how to increase your chances of success with dental implants.