It is our goal to help the patient quit smoking prior to implant treatment. If this is not possible, we ask the patient to refrain from smoking during the healing phase of dental implant treatment.
Cigarette smoking has long been known to be associated with a variety of oral conditions including periodontal disease, bone loss, tissue loss, tooth loss, edentulism, peri-implantitis and dental implant failure.
Nicotine in tobacco has been shown to reduce the blood flow in the mouth. Pipe smoking can be worse than cigarettes due to the higher temperatures generated in the upper jaw. Not only is smoking detrimental to implants, it is also bad for conventional bridgework.
- Periodontal Disease
- Twenty years of research shows that cigarette smoking is probably a true risk factor for periodontitis. A smoker is 2 to 3 times more likely to develop clinically detectable periodontitis. In addition to increased prevalence, smokers also experience more severe periodontal disease.
- Bone and Tissue Loss
- A study examining the effect of oral-burn syndrome on dental implants indicated that there is a direct link between oral tissue loss and smoking. In addition, smoking had a significant impact on bone loss.
- Tooth Loss and Edentulism
- Tooth loss and edentulism is more common in smokers than in non-smokers. Tooth loss in older adults occurs because of increased exposure to pathogenic bacteria. Smoking also predisposes patients to develop more severe periodontal disease.
- Smokers treated with dental implants have a greater risk of developing peri-implantitis. This condition can lead to increased resorption of peri-implant bone. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to implant failure.
To be continued…
Dr. Ayman Nassef
Hurghada, Sheraton Road, in front of Sea Gull Hotel,
above Costa Coffee – 2nd floor
Mobile: 0122 322 69 13
Member of Alexandria Organization for Implantation