It’s easy to say that smoking impacts dental implant placement, because smoking impacts healing in any oral cavity. It’s harder to identify what combination of toxicity makes this happen. It involves anything from hydrogen cyanide to increased levels of fibrinogen and carboxyhaemoglobin. In any case, smoking negatively affects the outcome of almost every therapeutic procedure in the mouth. Implants are no exception.
Before qualifying you for implants, your implant dentist in Los Angeles probably explained the necessity of an oral health regimen to ward off implant failure. Obviously, not smoking is part of an oral health regimen. Smokers are generally not approved for implants, even with pledges to quit. The patient is always advised against paying for a product that becomes significantly less guaranteed by tobacco usage. In a high number of smoking cases, bone quality was too low to merit consideration.
Consider a study done at the University of Murcia in Spain, which followed 66 implant recipients for five years. For the non-smokers, the fail rate was 1.4 percent. For the smokers, the fail rate was 15.8 percent.
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