For years, dental implants have been lifesavers for people with missing teeth. They are preferred over dentures because they look natural and simply feel more comfortable.
Unfortunately, though, a study suggests that dental implants may not be suitable for everyone.
Research conducted by dentists in Europe found that smoking increases the probability of rejection of a dental implant. The body just won’t take to it.
Here is the reasoning behind the finding.
An ideal candidate for a dental implant should be in good health so that proper healing (and good blood flow) takes place in the mouth. Smoking considerably affects the body’s ability to heal and reduces blood flow as well.
Without good blood flow a dental implant will be rejected.
And, it’s not just implants that are affected by smoking. Other dental procedures such as tooth extractions and dental fillings may also be affected. Smoking also makes antibiotics and creams less effective before and during dental treatments.
Bottom line: If you want a healthy body, a nice smile, and strong teeth – quit smoking.
It’s. That. Simple.