Dental Implants and Smoking

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Smoking is a habit that many have come to avoid due to it’s health side effects yet many others continue because it is a difficult habit to break.  Generally speaking, smoking is never good for your teeth since the smoke in your mouth can cause yellowing and decay.  However, when it comes to getting dental implants it is definitely something that you have to give up if you want to get your teeth restored.

Why Smoking is Bad

It’s quite simple really.  Smoking is counter productive in terms of reaching any dental restoration goal. First of all, you cannot smoke at all after the implant surgery because it will cause the surgical site not to heal properly. This could result in loss of the implant which eventually means loss of bone structure.  There is at least a 12 week healing process during which you should not smoke at all but even after this period of time it is not advisable.

Smoking can cause problems even after healing with staining your new teeth or affecting the health of your gums. Luckily there are many programs out there available to help some quit smoking including a great government resource at  After all, it really is the best choice for anyone’s overall health since smoking negatively affects just about every organ in the body.  If you are thinking about quitting, there really is no time like the present.  With all the resources available out there, you don’t have to do it alone.  Quitting smoking can be a long and challenging journey.  Check out the below video for some quick encouragement.

Lower Implant Success Rate

The bottom line is that if you want to restore your smile using dental implants then you must not be smoker.  Otherwise you will be at great risk for other complications during the implant process that will cause your implant placement to not have a favorable outcome.  Quitting is hard and takes a lot of committed effort but in the end it is well worth the trouble to have bettered your overall health and become eligible for dental implants which will allow you to smile with confidence once again.  At New Teeth New Smile we not only want you to have a wonderful smile, but we also want you to be happy and healthy.  For you that may mean a new challenge to conquer an old habit such as smoking in order to fulfill your goals.

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