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By John Stockdale, D.D.S.
August 25, 2015
Category: Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

If you are a smoker considering dental implants, then you should also consider a smoking cessation program. Research indicates that smokers experience a greater rate of implant failure than do their non-smoking counterparts. The reasons are many, and involve the very oral tissues that anchor and surround implant devices.

Dr. John Stockdale of Renaissance Dental Care places dental implants to replace teeth lost to decay, gum disease and injury. Many Smokingpeople are good candidates for this excellent tooth replacement surgery. However, some health conditions and lifestyle habits can compromise the success of implants. Insufficient bone density in the jaw is one such problem, but this often can be corrected with bone augmentation procedures.

Another compromising factor is cigarette smoking. While lung cancer and heart disease are well-publicized health problems associated with smoking, fewer people understand what tobacco does to oral health. Smoking accelerates bone and gum recession, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Smoking Compromises Dental Implants

While many smokers receive dental implants, the tobacco habit decreases the stability and longevity of these prosthetic devices. Dental implants placed in Rancho Cucamonga and across the country last 20 years or more, with only a 8 percent failure rate, according to research published in the Journal of the International Society of Preventive and Cosmetic Dentistry. Implants placed in smokers have double that failure rate.

Why does cigarette smoke cause problems? The toxins in cigarettes set off a chain of physiological changes within the smoker's mouth. Smoke actually burns the soft oral tissues with each inhalation, thickening the outermost cell layers in a process called keratosis. Keratosis leads to dry mouth which, in turn, decreases blood supply.

These thicker tissues are more prone to infection, too, setting the stage for peri-implantitis, a condition similar to periodontal or gum disease. Peri-implantitis destroys the gums and bone at the implant site, often necessitating removal of the implant device.

Get Help to Quit

John Stockdale DDS and his professional team are great resources for assistance in kicking the tobacco habit before patients begin complex restorations such as dental implants. Primary care physicians also provide a wealth of information on smoking cessation programs.

Health care providers and former smokers agree that support from national and community support groups, individualized cessation programs and in-person, on-line and telephone counseling boost success rates. Smokefree.gov is a website developed by the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control. It directs individuals to many tools and tips to start and maintain a successful quit plan.

Renaissance Dental Care

Dental implants help many individuals enjoy healthier, brighter smiles for a lifetime. Why not talk to Dr. Stockdale about this outstanding tooth replacement option? If you smoke, take the opportunity to begin a sensible quit plan. Call Renaissance Dental Care in Rancho Cucamonga today for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Stockdale.

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