Can I Get Dental Implants if I Am a Smoker?
The short answer to this question is yes; you can get dental implants if you smoke. The more detailed answer is that this only refers to some smokers, and not everyone who smokes is a good candidate for dental implants. The only way to know for sure is to come in for dental implants consultation at our Midwest City, OK practice.
Dr. Brent Amaya will conduct a thorough examination and take x-rays at your initial appointment to determine your current gum health and whether you have enough strong jawbone to support dental implants. Any type of smoking, including marijuana and vaping, increases the likelihood of having complications with dental implants that can lead to failure.
The Problem With Smoking
It’s hard to believe that there was a time when smoking was hailed as a medicinal habit that was good for your health. We know better now, however, and we know that smoking contributes to a number of health problems, including:
- Blindness and cataracts
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Heart disease
Smokers are also at a higher risk of developing gum disease, which can further complicate the dental implant process. People who smoke are also at a higher risk of developing an infection after the dental implant surgery and may heal more slowly than those who do not smoke.
Although smoking can negatively impact the success of your implants—even after you quit the habit—this does not mean you cannot successfully have dental implants. There are options that can increase the likelihood of success, including providing bone grafts and allowing for longer healing times.
Find Out More
If you are interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Amaya at our Midwest City, OK practice to find out if they are right for you. Contact us today!