Smoking and Oral Health – What You Need To Know

Are you thinking about having dental implants?

There are things you should understand about the risks associated with this procedure and smoking.

Implants are metal screws placed into the jawbone – the bone then becomes attached to the implant during a process known as osseointegration.

Unlike dentures, there is no discomfort or dietary limitations, and once dental implants are in place they are looked after no differently to regular teeth.

With good care, implants should last at least 20 years.

However, smoking can have a negative impact on implants, and some dentists insist on a period of non-smoking before and after the procedure.

The reasons for this are:

  • Smoking can raise the risk of an implant being rejected
  • It can raise the chance of gum disease in the patient
  • Smoking restricts the flow of blood to the gums, making for a longer, less effective healing period
  • Regularly lighting up affects bone density so that it may not be possible to place an implant in the jawbone without a bone graft, which makes treatment
    more expensive and lengthier.

However, if you do smoke, stopping temporarily for up to three months either side of the implant procedure will significantly boost your chances of a successful dental implant.

Unfortunately, if you then return to smoking afterwards, you still run the risk of negatively impacting your oral health and raise the odds of contracting mouth and other oral cancers in the future.

The good news, however, is that by stopping temporarily you may well find you have lost the urge to light up again, in which case you will be able to enjoy all the health benefits of being a non-smoker.

Smoking and Oral Health - What You Need To Know

Choosing a dental implant clinic

Top dentist and implantologists strive to provide a superior quality service to help you improve your oral health.

Dental Implants are a cosmetic dentistry treatment. We would recommend choosing a dentist that works hard to create an environment which is relaxing and comfortable for everyone as receiving dental implant treatment can be stressful.

You want your dental appointments to be something you enjoy rather than something to dread.

Take for example this dental implants clinic in Bournemouth, they provide help with planning, so that you can make sure that the treatment you want to receive suits you perfectly, whether you’re getting full mouth dental implants or a single tooth.

See a specialist that provides routine preventative dental care, as well as specialising in modern treatments like implants, and offering cosmetic dentistry services.

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