Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
So you’ve been living with tooth loss and made the decision to replace your missing teeth with dental implants. This is a great decision for your oral health, as an implant is the only permanent tooth replacement that currently is available in restorative dentistry. However, if you are also one of the millions of Americans who smoke or vape, then your habit may prevent you from being a candidate for dental implants.
How does smoking cause complications for dental implants?
Nowadays, it’s no secret that smoking is bad for you. Smoking cigarettes or vaping can leave you at a higher risk of several potentially serious complications following the installation of a dental implant in Nashville, including failure of the implant. It is important to remember that receiving a dental implant is a surgery; the implant screw is inserted into the jawbone, replacing the root of the lost tooth. Like any surgery, there are certain protocols you should follow—and certain risks associated with tobacco use. Whether you smoke or vape, you are adding nicotine to your system. This nicotine hinders blood flow, which also impedes your body’s natural healing process. Smoking or vaping also pose specific risks to your oral health, as the heated smoke or vapor can burn the tissues in your mouth, thickening skin cells, and even damaging the salivary glands.
At Devine Dentistry, your Nashville implant dentist Dr. Brian Devine recommends that any patient who is interested in dental implants stop smoking or vaping a minimum of two weeks before their appointment. It is in your best interest to quit even sooner—two to three months before the appointment, if possible. It also is important to stay smoke-free for about two to three months following the procedure, giving your body the optimum chance to heal from the procedure.
Get dental implants in Nashville
Restorative dental treatments that use implants are a better choice. Whether you are interested in an individual dental implant or need something to resolve more substantial tooth loss such as implant-supported dentures or the All-on-4 system, each of these options is best for your oral health and allows you to regain more of your chewing ability while also restoring your confidence because your new teeth will be stable and secure. Choosing to get dental implants is just the first step in the process. You also will need to arrange a consultation with Dr. Devine. At this meeting, he will evaluate your current oral health, along with your medical history and any issues that may complicate receiving a dental implant… such as smoking.
You can trust the team of oral health professionals at Devine Dentistry to restore your smile and your chewing ability through dental implants. Make the appointment for your initial consultation today by calling (615) 269-4209.
Devine Dentistry is here to serve the oral health needs of our patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, TN.