The impact of smoking on dental implant treatment

The effects of smoking on general health are, nowadays, widely understood.  Less well known is how smoking can directly affect the health of your mouth.  Smoking can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, tooth loss and mouth cancer.  An article on click4teeth explores how tobacco can also negatively affect dental implant treatment.

Smoking can slow healing after implant placement, reduce the effectiveness of osseointegration  (the fusion of the dental implant with the jawbone) and impact on implant maintenance.  For these reasons and more, some dentists may refuse to treat heavy smokers.

To find out more, read “Smoking and dental implants”