According to dental health professionals, heavy smoking and other tobacco products can lead to serious dental issues like edentulism, bone and tissue loss, peri-implantitis, and bone or tissue loss. When seeking dental implants here in Amherst, it’s important that patients who smoke understand the risks involved. Heavy smoking can jeopardize the success of your dental implants, preventing the site from healing fully. Read below for more information on the risks.
Dental Issues Caused by Tobacco
Soft tissues are important to the success and support of dental implants. So, you can imagine how difficult it would be to have that support if your smoking habits are doing more harm to your gums.
Periodontitis causes your gums to swell, bleed, and feel painful. If left untreated, teeth could become loosened in their sockets, and even fall out. According to research, smokers are three times more likely to develop periodontal disease.
As we mentioned above, smoking can damage the soft tissues around your teeth. However, if left untreated, these damaged tissues can loosen the support structure of the tooth, causing it to fall out.
Peri-implantitis is when inflammation forms in the pockets around the surgical site of a dental implant. Bacteria can fester in the gums, leading to redness, bleeding, and receding gums. If left untreated, the implant could fail and become exposed or even fall out.
Studies have shown that smoking in general can lead to implant failure, from a combination of tissue damage, dry mouth, trouble healing, and more. This can end up costing you in the end, as you’d have to pay for implant removal, reinsertion, and other fixes.
Are E-Cigarettes Safer for Smiles?
In an attempt for more healthier pursuits, thousands of smokers have made the switch to e-cigarettes (also known as “vaping”). Instead of smoke, these e-cigarettes emit a light vapor. However, the product is still being researched for long-term effects, as they still contain many of the same harmful substances as regular cigarettes. In the meantime, there is a general consensus among researchers that e-cigarettes could be just as bad for your overall health (and dental health) as other tobacco products.
Can You Qualify for Dental Implants?
The best course for dental implant success is to quit smoking. There are many resources out there to curb your habits, and are free or inexpensive. We encourage patients to visit www.lung.org, the home site for the American Lung Association.
If you feel you are ready for dental implants, talk to Dr. Ang at Amherst Village Dental for a one-on-one consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Ang will evaluate your oral health, advise you about your smoking habits and the risks to your implants, and can answer your questions. We proudly serve patients in Amherst, Hillsborough County, and Nashua, NH.