When it comes to healthcare, nothing is absolute and without risk.
The same applies to getting dental implants. Even the most sophisticated treatments can have a slight chance of failing because of factors outside you and your dentist’s control. You are responsible, then, in making sure that you are on top of whatever is in within your control.
The do’s, the don’ts, the contraindications: you must follow everything with diligence and patience to minimise risk for the slightest complication and failure. In the case of dental implants, you must avoid and give up smoking altogether.
Finding out if you are a candidate
If you are thinking of getting implants, Dr David Madruga recommends visiting your dentist so they can thoroughly evaluate and determine if you are suitable for the treatment. If they find out you are a regular smoker, your dentist will most likely tell you to stop.
Smoking Increases Risk of Implant Failure
A research suggests that smoking makes your implant more likely to fail. Spanish researchers studied 66 patients who had 165 implants and tracked their progress for five years. Findings revealed that smokers had a failure rate of 15.8%, whilst non-smokers had a failure rate of 1.4%.
Dr Perez, the leader of the study, says smokers are at a greater risk of infection after surgery and will heal more slowly. When an implant is given to a smoker, it will most likely fail.
Implants involve surgery. This requires patients to have healthy gums, be in good health, and have enough bone to support the implant. It also takes commitment to proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
Give Up Smoking Today
There are countless reasons to quit smoking. From your heart and lungs to your teeth and gums, every part of your body will benefit from getting a permanent break from tobacco. In your case, dental implants can save what is left of your teeth.
Do not let your bad habit get in the way of receiving the most reliable solution to your oral problem. Love your smile. Love your body. Give up smoking today and for good.