If you are a smoker and considering dental implants for tooth replacement, you should know that smoking will increase the risk of your implants failing. Numerous studies have shown that the failure rate for implants among smokers is substantially higher—as much as 15 percent versus less than 2 percent among nonsmokers.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are manufactured devices that are placed into the jawbone to take the place of a missing tooth root. They are usually made of titanium, which is not rejected by the body. Over time, usually three to six months, the implants fully integrate into the jawbone, making them secure and permanent. A dental crown is attached to the implants once they are fully integrated, creating a tooth restoration that looks and functions very much like a natural tooth.
What Smoking Might Mean for Your Dental Implants
Overall, smokers have a greater risk of developing infection; they also tend to heal more slowly. Smokers are also more prone to developing gum disease, which can also put implants at risk. Smokers who have gum disease might also not have an adequate amount of jawbone to support dental implants.
Studies have shown that “smokers” does not just refer to those who smoke cigarettes. Those who vape or who smoke marijuana are also at a higher risk of implant failure. Even those who quit smoking before getting dental implants risk failure.
Call Elk Grove Smile Center to Find Out More
If you are a smoker and you would like to find out more about dental implants for tooth replacement, contact an Elk Grove Village, IL implant dentist such as Dr. Advani. Dr. Advani can determine your jawbone health and help you decide whether you have a good chance of success with dental implants. Call today to make an appointment!