Smoking with dental implants: What you need to know

If you are looking to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a popular, permanent solution that look and feel natural — particularly compared to bridges and dentures. They also have an over-95 percent success rate, which is certainly something to smile about. That said, lifestyle factors like smoking can increase the rate of dental implant failure.

While your new smile will undoubtedly light up a room, it may not last as long if you light up cigarettes. The habit has a well-documented negative impact on oral health, including tooth staining and loss, gum disease and even mouth cancer. A recent study also shows that smoking significantly increases the risk of dental implant failure.



Smoking increases the risk of dental implant failure

Researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain studied 66 patients who got 165 dental implants over the course of five years. Among those who smoke, the implant failure rate was 15.8 percent compared to only 1.4 percent for their non-puffing peers. Those numbers are certainly worth chewing on before you decide to proceed with the procedure.

It’s a painful tooth truth: the answer to the question “Is smoking bad for dental implants?” is a resounding “Yes!” Among the negative effects are reduced bone density and blood flow to the gums, which can slow down post-surgery healing. Smokers are more likely to suffer from gum disease (the most common cause of tooth loss in adults), tartar and bacterial plaque, which can also increase the risk of infection after the procedure and, ultimately, implant failure.

Do not let smoking hold you back from the smile of your dreams though. Even if you don’t butt out, you can get dental implants — it is simply imperative you know the above elevated risks are there. If you are concerned, please book a consultation at Seaforth Oral Surgery in Montreal and our experienced team can tell you if the procedure is right for you.


Why dental implants are worth quitting smoking for

If the thought of quitting smoking feels like pulling teeth, consider the benefits of getting dental implants. Each is an artificial root made from titanium (similar to a natural dental root) that is inserted into either the upper or lower jawbone underneath the gum line by one of Seaforth Oral Surgery’s experienced specialists. This is then attached to a crown or artificial tooth and acts as its anchor.

The benefits of dental implants include more health and happiness, across improved quality of life, confidence and wellbeing. Additionally, they minimize bone loss, have the appearance and functionality of real teeth when smiling and eating, and have a lifetime longevity with proper care —meaning, ideally, no smoking.

Dental implants are also a significant investment (to learn more, read our blog post: Dental implants: Calculating the cost and value), costing around $1,600 each on average in Canada. Unlike dentures that need to be replaced every five years, implants can last up to 30 years, which can ultimately save costs in the long run. Don’t let your new dental implant investment go up in smoke — literally!

Now that you know more about smoking and dental implants, the next step is booking a consultation. At Seaforth Oral Surgery in Montreal, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure — contact us today!