Can I get a dental implant if I am a smoker?
It is possible to get a dental implant if you are a smoker, but the success rates for people who smoke cigarettes or marijuana, or who vape, are quite a bit lower than average. The only way to know for sure if you make a good candidate for dental implants is to come to our Midwest City, OK practice. Dr. Brent Amaya can conduct an examination and take x-rays to determine how dense your jawbone is.
If it is determined you are a good candidate for dental implants, you should know that smoking will slow down the healing process. It takes most people about three to six months for osseointegration to take place; this is the process wherein the dental implant is permanently integrated into the jawbone. The process could take longer for smokers.
The best decision is to quit smoking beforehand. Not only does smoking interfere with dental implant success, but it also puts you at a higher risk of developing gum disease as well as other serious conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and stroke.
If you are a smoker who is missing one or more teeth, make an appointment to talk to Dr. Amaya about the possibility of dental implants. If it is determined that dental implants are not right for you, he can discuss other tooth replacement options.