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Smoking and Dental Implants

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If you are a smoker in need of dental repair to a cracked, chipped, or otherwise severely damaged tooth, then dental implants my not be an option available to you. Thanks to a recent study, we are able to look at the negative impact smoking has on implants after being inserted.

The concept behind dental implants is that the implant will fuse with the bone in your jaw, becoming fully functioning and just like any other tooth in your mouth. For this to work, many proteins, cytokines, and angiogenic simulations need to activate. This complex progression can be manipulated by the toxins in cigarettes, of which there are upwards of four thousand.

Out of twenty-four test subjects, thirteen were heavy smokers, and eleven had never smoked before. The test subjects were given dental implants, most in the posterior maxillary area, by way of normal procedure. After two months, the implants were removed, as the dentists were able to see the differences in test site between smokers and non-smokers.

Bone to implant surface was at twenty-three percent, compared to forty percent in non-smokers. Bone density in the area was for smokers, twenty eight percent, and for non-smokers, forty six. The healing for the first group was stunted due to the effects of smoking on the immune system.

As explained here, smoking can be seriously detrimental to the recovery and bone healing process that occurs after a dental implant procedure. Contact your dentist for more information, or if you would like to learn more about alternate treatments for smokers.

 

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