Smoking and Dental Implants

Smoking & Dental ImplantsThinking about getting dental implants and you are a smoker? In one of many studies, Spanish researchers studied 66 patients who received 165 implants and followed their progress for 5 years. The implant failure rate for smokers was 15.8 percent, compared to just 1.4 percent in nonsmokers, another reason to quit smoking if you are thinking about getting dental implants.

We all know smoking is harmful and can cause a myriad of health problems including loss of teeth. Did you know that keeping your teeth can extend your lifespan by about 7-10 years? That’s right, just spending about 5 minutes a day (total!) by brushing morning and night and flossing once a day can ward off major dental problems along with visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Even with good oral hygiene, smoking can damage teeth and raise your risk of oral cancer. If you do lose your teeth then implants can help restore up to 90% of chewing efficiency as natural teeth.

More and more patients are asking for dental implants and they are, in fact, considered the standard of care now. If you are a candidate for dental implants you must be informed even if the dentist does not do implants him/herself.

From single tooth replacement to supporting and stabilizing dentures, dental implants have revolutionized and changed the face of dentistry. We offer implants here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio and stay on the leading edge of dentistry so you will receive the very best care and have all options available to you.

If you are considering dental implants you need to consider quitting smoking. Not only will your overall health improve your success rate for dental implants will also improve.