Smoking, as you have probably been told, is not good for your body. However, it is even worse for dental implant patients. Smoking interferes with your circulation and with your body’s healing response. It increases your risk of rejection of the implant and any bone graft that you may have had to support the implant.
To give yourself the best chance of having a successful dental implant procedure, you will be asked to quit smoking for at least two months before your dental implant procedure and one month after. If you cannot do this, then you are not a good candidate for dental implants.
The impact of smoking on dental implants goes beyond the initial healing phase, though, since the impact of smoking on your immune system means that you will remain vulnerable to infection adjacent to the dental implant. The best thing to do is to quit smoking altogether. Most people who can quit for three months can quit completely, and it is worth trying for the health of your dental implants and your body as a whole.
To learn more about how to ensure the long life of your dental implants, please schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Miami Designer Smiles today.