Complications of dental implants for smoking

One of the most common complications of dental implants dental  are problems with implant integration that don’t fuse with the bone and this often leads to implant failure.

It turns out that smoking is one of those bad habits that may not only shorten your lifespan, but smoking may also make it more difficult to heal from implant surgery. Any complications during the implant procedure, from the first incision to the placing of the crown, should be avoided at all costs.

Dental implants need oxygen to fuse correctly with the bone. If there is not a good blood flow to the tissues and the bone, the implant will not be able to stay in the proper place. Remember that nicotine found in tobacco has a negative effect on blood flow that makes bone healing after implant surgery even more difficult.

Smokers who undergo dental implant surgery sometimes experience peri-implantitis, which is an infection that prevents the bone from healing properly; which can again lead to implant failure. Periodontal disease or gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is more commonly seen in smokers because tobacco has been found to be the main culprit in developing the condition. As a result the person becomes susceptible to tooth loss and in need of implant surgery more so that those who do not consume tobacco as a habit.


Moreover, smoking inhibits the action of antibiotics given to heal the bone quickly. Wounds that are in the process of healing and they come into contact with smoke, become worse and cause the implant to lose strength. Smokers are also at an increased risk of developing oral cancer and other serious disorders associated with teeth and gums.


It is recommended that you quit smoking at least four weeks prior to your initial dental implant procedure, and that you refrain from smoking for at least six weeks after the surgery has been completed.


Even minor procedures like fillings require that you do not smoke for at least a week following the treatment. Dental implants are more complicated because they expose the inside of the gum to whatever is consumed through the mouth. It is therefore advisable to quit smoking before undergoing an implant surgery.


For this reason, we urge you to stop smoking for your health and for the success of your future dental implant procedure. If you want to know more about Dental Implants in Cancun call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-701-6039, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.

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