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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.

The formation of deep mucosal pockets with inflammation of the peri-implant mucosa around dental implants is called peri-implantitis. 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. In a retrospective study conducted at the University of Vienna, the peri-implant tissue of smokers and non-smokers was compared. The smokers showed a higher score in bleeding index with greater peri-implant pocket depth and radiographically discernible bone resorption around the implant, particularly in the maxilla.

Dental Implant Failure
Many research studies have shown that smoking can lead to higher rates of dental implant failure.



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Dr. Ayman Nassef Hurghada,

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