I want to get dental implants, but my dentist says you have to be a non-smoker. I just can’t quit. I’ve tried a few times and it hasn’t worked. Does this mean I can never get dental implants?
Missy F. – Montana
There are dentists who will do dental implants for smokers, but if they’re worth a dime at their job, they will strongly suggest you quit. There is a good reason. Doing implants is a highly advanced and complicated procedure. Even when everything is done right, there is a chance for dental implant failure.
When you smoke, it adds to the likelihood of implant failure. You already know how bad smoking is for your lungs. However, you might not be aware that it also causes reduced blood flow in your gums. That will impact your healing time. It also increases the likelihood for gum disease and infection.
Your dentist just wants you to start the procedure with the best chance for success.
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