Cigarette smoking and dental implants

Occasionally patients who require dental implants ask us if smoking will affect the success of their treatment.

The answer is usually an emphatic yes.

Cigarette smoking frequently causes a problems for the implant patient. Bone and gum loss in the vicinity of the implant can have a considerable detrimental effect and we advise patients who can’t give up cigarettes to have frequent check-ups, visits to the hygienist and regular x-rays to catch any problems before they become terminal.

In the end the best option is to kick the habit and we are always pleased to offer advice on how to stop or to point the patient in the direction of local NHS cessation services.