By Jack Weinreb DDS
September 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  


How Smoking Can Negatively Impact Dental Implants

If you’ve been battling tooth loss, then you are well aware of the frustrations. It can be difficult just to get through your once favorite meals let aloneDental Implants feel comfortable talking or smiling in public. If you’re finally ready to do something about this, then you’ve probably been doing your research, in which case you’ve most likely heard about dental implants. Maybe you’ve been considering implants for a while but haven’t because you don’t know whether you would be the perfect candidate for them. Now’s the time to find out!

Who is Not a Candidate for Dental Implants?

While most people can get dental implants without any issues, there are some determining factors that deem you just right for this treatment. Let’s go over some of those factors right now!


-       Serious medical conditions like heart disease, a recent heart attack or serious heart valve problems can deter the healing process associated with implants. Also, if you are going through cancer or bone disease treatments and receiving immunosuppressive therapy, we will need to wait until treatment is over before we can recommend undergoing dental implants surgery.

-       Gum disease is another issue that we must take control of before we do dental implant surgery. However, if you do have gum disease, it doesn’t mean that dental implants are completely wrong for you. It just means that we need to get the problem under control before we can actually perform this treatment.

-       Dental implants aren’t right for children. Since the jawbone doesn’t stop developing until late adolescence, we recommend waiting until everything has stopped growing before we perform this procedure. Once the jawbone has fully developed, then we can reconsider dental implants.

-       Those who use tobacco or alcohol will increase the risk of implant failure.

Save Your Dental Implants: Quit Smoking Now

Now you might be scratching your head at the last factor we mentioned. Why might smoking cause issues with your dental implant? You’re probably already aware that smoking causes a host of issues for your smile, not just to potential dental implants. However, here are some of the reasons you might want to nix the habit if you want to get a healthy smile.


-       Smoking increases the risk for periodontitis (gum disease). In fact, smokers are twice as likely to develop this condition and often deal with more severe cases.

-       Since smoking has a serious effect on bone and tissue loss, those who smoke will not benefit from dental implants. In order for an implant to be successful, we need to ensure that bones and surrounding tissues are viable and strong enough to hold the implant. Plus, smoking will impede the healing process. If you’re serious about getting dental implants, then it’s time to stop smoking.

-       Did you know that smokers are more likely to lose teeth than non-smokers? If you’re reading this post it’s most likely because you have lost a permanent tooth, and if you smoke, it’s possible that cigarettes are the main reason for your tooth loss.

Since dental implants promise a healthier, full smile, this is often enough for some patients to ditch smoking altogether. If you’re interested in getting dental implants or you want to setup a consultation, call my office at (301) 604-4423. We will get you on your way to a more beautiful smile.

Any patients out there quit smoking so they could benefit from dental implants? What made you finally take the plunge and how was your experience? Your story might just inspire others to quit smoking and take charge of their dental health!