If I Smoke Can I Get Dental Implants?

Question:

Scott asks:

I am a 29 year old male and smoke . I just had all my upper teeth removed and most of my lower molars due to a genetic disorder. I have a denture but have been thinking of implants. I'm looking in to several ways to make this a simple as possible for me to function. Or is there a procedure that you would suggest me to consider? Can I get implants?

Answer:
Answered by: Dr. Scott Ganz

Fort Lee, NJ

Hi Scott,

As you must know, smoking is not good for your health, and unfortunately smoking is detrimental for the healing process and success of dental implant procedures.

You might want to consider quitting – it will improve your quality of life and those around you, and also allow you to consider dental implants! As for the genetic disorder, that could also be significant in determining the best treatment recommendation for you.

Using dental implants to help support a denture, or replacing one altogether is a wonderful process which can dramatically improve your chewing, eating, quality of life, and self-esteem.

I would review your genetic condition with your dentist and obtain whatever diagnostic materials are necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are (assuming you quit smoking as per above), then the discussion will lead to how many implants can be placed in strategic positions to best restore your missing teeth. Of course this also has to fit into your financial budget. Dental implants should be your first treatment alternative. Hope this helps, and good luck!



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dental implants in smokers

Answered By: Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi - Bethesda , MD

There are some data to show increase rates of implant failure in smokers, however, it is not an absolute contraindication.

In my experience, smoking can be more detrimental during the healing phase after implant placement (The initial 6- 8 weeks when the main integration process occurs). Following this period, it does not seem to have as much damaging effect. I have had successful outcomes in many patients who smoke, particularly when they ceased smoking during the healing phase.

Having said that, my recommendation to every patient who smokes and wants implants is to stop smoking all together. It impacts both their overall health as well as decrease possible implant complications.

Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi


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