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How Smoking Affects Dental Implant Procedure

how-smoking-affects-dental-implantsDental implants are a special type of restoration that can replace the entire lost tooth rather than just the cap or crown. This design can help keep the jawbone stronger, while providing better aesthetics and greater stability. If you are a candidate for dental implants, but are a smoker, our expert in dental implants in Northridge may recommend that you avoid smoking before and immediately after the procedure to help reduce the risk of complications.

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that reduces blood flow, which can result in delayed healing. In order for an implant procedure to be successful, the bone must grow into and around the screw-like implant device. Smoking can compromise or slow the healing process, and it can possibly interfere with the bone’s ability to incorporate the implant.

A recent study, performed by researchers from Brazil’s Guarulhos University, evaluated smokers who had smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day for five years as one group and a group of nonsmokers as the other. Micro-implants were placed in each participant of the study. After a two-month period, the implants and surrounding tissues were removed and examined. Bone density was left at only 28 percent for those who smoked, while nonsmokers were almost twice as high.

Cigarette smoke contains as many as 4,000 different toxins, which can interfere with healing and increase the risk of complications or implant failure. Quitting before the procedure and during the healing stage can help improve the odds of successful treatment outcomes. Call us today to find out more about getting the most out of your implant experience or to schedule your consultation.


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