Are you a smoker and want a dental implant? Find out below what you risk and what is the failure rate if you smoke before and especially after you have your dental implant.
"I WANT BEAUTIFUL TEETH IN FAVOR OF SMOKING"
… Is heard almost daily in dental implantology clinics when the doctor discusses the dental implant with the patient. Most of the time, the smoking patient refuses because the implant loss rate does not encourage the operation at all.
However, some dentists also manage to get results in smokers, even if this should not encourage smoking. Just consider a few risks and tips.
Of course, smoking is harmful, we know, but unfortunately this guilty pleasure of the smoker does not help him quit smoking. On the contrary, cigarettes are considered a reward and most of the time the smoker goes so far as to sacrifice his teeth and more. However, kept under control and properly sanitized, the dental implant can survive in the mouth of a smoker.
RISK OF LOSS: IMPLANT IN SMOKERS vs. NON-SMOKERS
- The doctor's recommendation is to quit smoking at least 3-4 months before the surgeries to be performed, and at least 4-5 months after that.
- The rate of implant loss in a smoker is about 14%, while in a non-smoker it decreases considerably, close to 1%.