Dental implants are an effective and viable treatment for most types of tooth loss and have been used in dentistry for many years. Patients with a few or many missing teeth can take advantage of this treatment, which is the closest thing to natural teeth. But what about smokers?
Unfortunately, nicotine and dental implants are not a good match. Patients who smoke and want to have dental implants in Birmingham at a dental practice like Sutton Implant Clinic, should consult their dentist in advance. Failure rates among smokers who have dental implants are very high and potential implant patients who smoke are urged to quit well in advance their surgery.
Effects of smoking on oral health
Smoking can have many effects on a patient’s health and well being and here a few ways it can affect oral health:
- Can cause keratosis, a condition where skin cells in the mouth become thicker from consistent burning due to the inhaled smoke;
- Can cause damage to the saliva glands and compromise the sense of taste;
- Can cause gum disease;
- Can affect blood flow and the healing process of the body.
Effects of smoking on dental implants
Patients who smoke and are looking into dental implants in Birmingham often wonder if nicotine can be harmful to them. The answer is yes. Multiple studies have shown the negative impact nicotine and other smoking by-products can have on dental implants during their healing period. Smoking can prevent proper blood flow to the bone tissue and this can hinder the fusion between the implant and the jawbone considerably. Moreover, nicotine contains toxic chemicals that tighten blood vessels and make it more difficult for oxygen and other nutrients to reach the jawbone. The effects of nicotine can last for many hours and this creates a continuous situation for most smokers.
Are dental implants still possible?
Smokers who wish to pursue dental implants in Birmingham need to stop smoking and that’s largely a personal decision. Stopping smoking is essential for the health of the body in general and will allow patients to have the same chances for successful dental implants as non-smokers.