If you smoke and you are considering replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, you might want to consider some lifestyle changes before the start of your surgery. Dental implants are made of a biocompatible metal, called titanium, and provide patients with the most natural feeling and natural looking solution to filling a gap in their smiles.
Dental implants are one of the most convenient ways to replace missing teeth and offer a permanent and stable solution. They do, however, require surgery and a moderately lengthy healing time of about 3-4 months.
How does smoking impact dental implants?
According to the Journal of Oral Implantology, smoking can lengthen the amount of time it takes for your dental implants to heal, especially on the lower posterior area of your jaw. Dental implant failure rates are higher on the upper jaw when patients smoke, as well. Dental implants are an investment in your health and we want to help you get the most out of your dentistry.
Smoking can cause dry mouth, bone loss, and periodontal disease. Additionally, tobacco use, especially when combined with alcohol use, is a risk factor for oral cancer. Oral cancer is often diagnosed at routine dental exams, when your dentist performs a routine oral cancer screening.
Contact Keledjian Dental
If you are seeking dental implants in our Madera dental office, we are happy to discuss smoking cessation aids, groups, plans, and medications to help you kick the habit for good. We will never make you feel guilty for being a smoker, but we are available to partner with you if you feel ready to quit.
Dental implants are a great way to regain confidence in your smile, enjoy eating all the foods you love, and to preserve your bone that will otherwise resorb upon tooth loss. Dr. Jason Keledjian is highly skilled in the art and science of dental implants. Contact Keledjian Dental to learn more or to get some help if you have decided to quit smoking.