Should Smokers Get Implants?

If you’re a smoker, there are several factors that you should take into consideration if you are considering implant placement. Talking to your dentist will help you decide what is right for you. The implant success rate in non-smokers is between 95 and 98 percent, but is the success rate equal in smokers? With smoking comes many factors that may negatively affect the success of an implant. The question: Should smokers get implants, often has to be answered on an individual basis.

Smoking Can Be Toxic

It’s no secret that smoking can be toxic, but do you know what chemicals are in a cigarette? Actually, there are 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, including 400 carcinogenic compounds such as: • Tar • Nicotine • Arsenic • Ammonia • DDT • Cyanide • Formaldehyde • And about 36 others This toxicity affects your oral tissues in a variety of ways including: • Your oral tissues become burned • This burning causes keratosis, the thickening of the outer layer of skin cells • Dry mouth due to blocked or damaged salivary glands • Reduced saliva production • A rise in oral bacteria • Longer healing time • Decreased ability to heal • Gum disease • Bone loss • Tooth loss The major concerns when it comes to smoking and implants are bone loss, gum disease, and compromised healing. Smoking can cause bone loss around the implants, which can lead to failure.

Case by Case Basis

If you smoke and you’re interested in an implant, your dentist will likely discuss your case with you and take into consideration how much you smoke, how long you’ve been smoking, and how healthy your oral tissues, teeth, and jawbone are. Research studies indicate that implants show a 95 percent success rate in smokers, although it may take longer to heal.

For More Information

If you would like more information regarding implant success in smokers, schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and his team at Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today by calling (903) 225-2221. Have your questions answered!