Thursday, September 24, 2015

Cigarette Smoking: A Bad Habit with Adverse Effects on Dental Implants

When it comes to your health, smoking is always risky business. The bad habit introduces nicotine as well as other harmful toxins into the circulatory system that can constrict blood vessels, which in turn drastically reduces blood supply to the entire body. In addition, smaller blood vessels impede the body’s ability to remove waste. For a dental implant patient, all of these can have a deleterious effect: When a dental implant patient smokes, his healing and immune mechanisms are compromised, due in large part to the ineffective circulation of blood. With that, you can begin to understand why dental implants may not fare well in smokers when compared to non-smokers. Having said that, there are many smokers who proceed to have implants and have been successful. It’s not impossible; it’s just that the risk of complications is significantly higher when you smoke.

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