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Considering Dental Implants? What You Need to Know if You Smoke

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Replacing a missing tooth is crucial for good oral health, and dental implants in Milton, GA have helped many people smile with confidence again. However, if you’re a smoker who’s considering implants, there are a few things you should be aware of.

How Dental Implants Work

Unlike other tooth replacements, implants are a full tooth replacement, from root to crown. A small titanium post acts as an artificial root and is placed surgically in your jaw and allowed to heal. As it does, the implant becomes stable in the jaw bone because it fuses with surrounding bone and gum tissue in a process called osseointegration

The Problem with Smoking

If you are a smoker considering dental implants be aware that heavy tobacco use is related to an increased risk of periodontitis (advanced gum disease), which in turn is related to tooth loss. 

A study published in the Journal of Oral Implantology indicates that smokers were more likely to have challenges with the healing process at 6 and 12 months post-surgery than non-smokers.

Steps You Can Take If You're a Smoker

The solution, of course, is to quit smoking. But this is easier said than done, and there are things you can do to minimize its effects on your oral health.

  • Step up your oral hygiene routine – Smokers have to be hyper-vigilant about their oral hygiene to minimize the risk for developing gum disease. Pledge to protect your implant by brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. 
  • Don’t skip routine dental appointments – Semi-annual preventive dental cleanings and exams appointments are always essential, but as a smoker, you can’t afford to miss even one. Seeing your dentist routinely allows them to monitor your oral health and ensure that your smile is as healthy as possible.
  • Talk to your dentist or hygienist – Asking your Milton, GA dentist and hygienist questions is the best way to learn how to care for your oral health. They will be more than happy to explain how you can support your oral health goals at home.

Please Call for A Dental Implants Consultation

Are you a smoker who is considering getting dental implants in Milton, GA? Please call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry to arrange a consultation with Dr. Kai Liang to learn more

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