No matter how you smoke, it’s bad for your gums, teeth, and overall oral health. Many dental problems are caused by smoking, and smoking makes a number of other problems worse. Some of the most common bad effects of smoking on teeth are:
- Plaque and tartar buildup gets worse
- Stains on teeth
- Bone and tissue damage gets worse faster
- More tooth loss and people without teeth
- Having swollen salivary glands and other forms of mouth inflammation
- More likely to get gum disease, tooth disease, and oral cancer
Smoking can also stop, make harder, or undo dental surgeries, such as implants. The body takes longer to heal when you smoke or use tobacco. They make it more likely that you will get an infection after a procedure and can even cause your body to reject a dental implant.
Smoking and Dental Implants
Both before and after surgery, smoking is bad for your dental implants. Some people lose teeth because they smoke, which leads to dental implant procedures. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and vaping can all hurt the health of an implant and make it less likely to work. The following things are bad for dental implants:
Tobacco and nicotine use: A process called osseointegration bonds implants to bone and tissue. The body needs time to heal after getting an implant. When you use tobacco or nicotine before or after surgery, it can make it hard for white blood cells to move through your body. Lessening the number of white blood cells can slow or stop the healing process from going well.
Damage from smoke and vapors: Smoke and vapors that go through the mouth are hot and full of chemicals that are bad for you. Smoking also stops the body from making saliva, which can make gum disease more likely and make it harder for the body to heal. When it comes to dental implants, cigarette smoke usually doesn’t hurt the implant itself, but it can weaken the tissues around it. This can make it hard for the implant to fuse with the bone, which raises the chance that the implant will fail.
Dental implants fail more often in smokers than in nonsmokers. Most of the time, failure happens because of more problems with healing, peri-implantitis, or incomplete osseointegration. These can lead to dangerous infections or even the loss of the whole implant. Quit smoking to improve your chances that the procedure will go well.
Increase Your Chances of a Successful Dental Implant
Before surgery, plans are made for a successful dental implant procedure. At least one week before surgery, people who smoke must give up all tobacco and nicotine use. The body’s ability to heal will be better if the person stops using it for a long time before the procedure.
To make sure healing is done, you should wait two months before smoking again after surgery. The best thing you can do for your oral health now and in the future is to stay away from tobacco, nicotine, and vaping products completely.
The sooner a dentist puts in implants after a tooth is lost, the more likely it is that the implants will work. Over time, the remaining teeth will move, leaving gaps that don’t look right and causing more problems. Around a missing tooth, bone loss can also happen, which makes it harder for the implant to fuse with the jaw. If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, start getting ready right now.
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