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Dental Implants and Smoking

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Posted by: enrique  (10 years ago)
Hello everyone,

I got two bottom molars extracted last month. After 3 months, I am supposed to go back to get
an implant put in. I started to smoke again two weeks after the extraction and the dentist said,
the implant will not be successful if I continue smoking. Is this true? Does anyone have any
experience with this?

I would appreciate your answers!
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Posted by: molaraches  (10 years ago)
Hello Enrique,

Smoking can cause implant to fail. Quit smoking one month before getting your implant or if you need to undergo bone graft. Do not smoke again until you are fully healed. Smoking affects the healing ability of the body.
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The risk of a failed implant is higher if you smoke – that is correct. In the upper jaw and for females, the risk is higher than in the lower jaw or with males.

Obviously it would be sensible to quit smoking altogether, however if no other risk factors apply and you are impeccable with your oral hygiene, then maybe an implantation is still feasible.

If you are unsure then just find a good dentist in your area, preferably an implantologist.

All the best!
Posted 10 years ago
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Posted by: enrique  (10 years ago)
Thanks for the advice! Have a good one.