Dental Implants and Smoking

In this article, we explore the impact that smoking (and tobacco use generally) has on the placement and lifespan of dental implants.

The Impact of Smoking on Dental Implants

If you are planning to have a dental implant placed, it’s important to know that:

  • Smoking can slow your recovery 
  • There is an increased chance of dental implant complications.

How the Chemicals in Smoking Delay Healing

Nicotine reduces blood flow in the mouth, whilst carbon monoxide from cigarettes reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells. This affects the healing capacity of the tissues surrounding teeth and implants.

Complications After Dental Implant Surgery

Smokers are more likely to develop an infection after their surgery and their ability to recover from infection is also reduced. 

Smokers have an increased risk of experiencing gum disease and bone loss surrounding dental implants.

Can Smokers Have Dental Implants Placed?

A smoker can still receive a dental implant. 

Due to the surgical nature of this treatment, it is important to undergo a complete examination and assessment to determine whether dental implants are a good option for your situation. During your consultation, Dr Teo will explain the risks associated with being a smoker and how best to approach dental implant treatment in order to maximise the chances of success in your situation. 

If you have any questions about Dental Implants, please feel free to call us.