Smoking in implant Treatment

Smoking in implant Treatment

Smoking does not directly prevent implant treatment/implant application. However, it is important how much one smokes and how their oral and dental care is.

The Effect of Smoking in Implant Treatment If a person smokes more than a pack a day and does not care about their oral and dental health, the success rate of the implant treatment is very low in these individuals.

We evaluate people who smoke as a risk group for implant treatment, and before the implant treatment, we explain the existing risks to our patients who smoke and provide various recommendations and warnings. After making our patients aware of these risks and helping them make an informed decision, we proceed with the implant treatment.

One of the important precautions that need to be taken after surgical procedures related to the placement of the implant is to refrain from smoking. Thousands of poisonous substances in cigarette smoke can penetrate the implant area where nerve and blood vessel injuries are high after surgical procedures, negatively affecting the integration of the implant with the bone and increasing the risk of infection in that area. Even if the surgical areas are closed with sutures after the surgical procedure, the toxic substances in question can penetrate the relevant areas through the wound edges and come into direct contact with the implant area and implant. Heavy smokers and those who are addicted to smoking should refrain from smoking for at least a few weeks and allow the relevant area to heal. Ideally, smoking should never be done.

Even patients who smoke in small amounts need to take care of their oral and dental health much more regularly, carefully, and in detail than other patients. In addition to brushing their teeth regularly, using mouthwash and dental floss, it is also beneficial for patients to rinse their mouths frequently with water.

Our recommendation is to quit smoking through implant and dental treatment and kill two birds with one stone. Many of our patients have achieved this. If you cannot quit or do not want to quit, temporarily quitting will increase your success rate in implant treatment.

Patients who smoke after implant treatment should come for regular check-ups more than other patients. Early detection of any negative condition will increase the chance of eliminating problems that could cause the treatment to fail.

Smoking causes dry mouth and impairs the general protective properties of saliva in our mouth, leading to increased gum disease, papilla loss, staining, and, most importantly, an increase in the number of bacteria in the mouth. If we carry an implant in our mouth, this material is now like a natural component that functions like a tooth in our mouth. Smoking, which is harmful to our natural teeth and gums, also harms the hard and soft tissues around our implants, negatively affecting the long-term healthy placement of our implants.

Importancy of Regular Check-ups for Smokers

It is essential for patients who smoke and undergo implant treatment to have regular check-ups with their dentist. Regular check-ups increase the chances of detecting potential problems early and eliminating them, which can prevent treatment failure.

Smoking causes dry mouth, which impairs the general protective properties of saliva in the mouth and increases the risk of gum diseases, papilla loss, staining, and, most importantly, an increase in the number of bacteria in the mouth. Implants are now considered as a natural component of the mouth and function like natural teeth. Smoking harms both natural teeth and gums and can similarly damage the soft and hard tissues surrounding the implant, affecting its long-term health and stability.



What should heavy smokers do after implant surgery?

After implant surgery, heavy smokers should quit smoking or at least reduce their smoking as much as possible. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications, such as implant failure, infection, and poor bone integration. Therefore, it is recommended that heavy smokers avoid smoking for at least a few weeks after implant surgery to give their body time to heal properly. Additionally, they should follow all post-operative instructions provided by their dental team, including maintaining good oral hygiene, avoiding hard or sticky foods, and attending all follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.