If you are considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth and you are a smoker, you might want to rethink your habit. Not only is smoking not good for your overall health, but it can mean a higher risk of dental implant failure.
For patients in Chesterfield, MO, Dr. Robert Rahm can give you more information on the higher failure rate of dental implants among smokers. Give Chesterfield Valley Dental a call today to talk about your oral health.
3 Reasons Why Cigarettes and Dental Implants Don’t Mix
#1. Inhaling smoke can cause damage to the delicate tissues of the mouth. You likely don’t even realize that the smoke you are inhaling is hot enough to actually burn the uppermost layer of skin in your mouth. When the skin grows back, it comes in thick enough to impact your salivary glands, causing them to produce less saliva. It might not sound like a big deal, but it puts you at increased risk of cavities and gum disease. This can lead to bone loss, making it more difficult to place dental implants.
#2. The nicotine from cigarettes inhibits healthy blood flow. This puts you at higher risk of infection and makes healthy healing more difficult.
#3. Smoking is a factor in other diseases than can impact what is going on in your mouth. Cardiovascular disease, the risk of stroke, and the development of diabetes are just a few of the systemic conditions that are related to mouth health. If your mouth isn’t healthy, the dental implant failure rate is higher.
Call Chesterfield Vally Dental Today
If you are a Chesterfield, MO smoker in need of tooth replacement, talk to Dr. Rahm about the risks of combining smoking with dental implants. If you are looking for help in quitting the habit, visit SmokeFree.gov. Give us a call to take a step toward better oral health!