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The Heavy Impact of Smoking on Dental Implants

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Without question, dental implants are an innovative and reliable solution for restoring missing teeth. However, certain habits, such as smoking, can have a detrimental impact on their success and overall oral health. At the office of Mitzi Morris, DMD, we educate patients about the adverse effects of smoking on dental implants and why it’s essential to quit smoking for the long-term success of your smile restoration.

Understanding Dental Implants

Before we delve into the effects of smoking on dental implants, let’s briefly understand what dental implants are. Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Over time, the bone fuses with the implant through a process called osseointegration, providing a stable foundation for a custom-made artificial tooth, known as a dental crown. Dental implants offer numerous advantages, including improved chewing function, natural appearance, and enhanced self-confidence.

How Smoking Impacts Dental Implants

There are multiple consequences and serious risks involved for patients who continue smoking despite their recent dental implant surgery, including the following:

  • Delayed Healing: Smoking is known to compromise blood circulation, which is vital for the healing process after implant surgery. Reduced blood flow can lead to delayed healing around the implant site, increasing the risk of infections and complications.
  • Increased Risk of Infection: Smoking weakens the immune system, making it more challenging for the body to fight off infections. This can result in peri-implantitis, a severe inflammatory condition similar to gum disease, but affecting the tissues around the dental implant. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can lead to implant failure.
  • Bone Loss: Successful dental implantation requires adequate bone density and volume. Smoking can interfere with bone metabolism, leading to reduced bone density around the implants. This bone loss, known as osteoporosis, weakens the foundation of the implant, jeopardizing its stability and longevity.
  • Implant Failure: Due to the aforementioned factors, the risk of dental implant failure significantly increases in smokers compared to non-smokers. Implant failure often results in the need for costly and time-consuming revisions or replacements.
  • Compromised Aesthetics: Smoking can stain teeth and dental restorations, including dental crowns, affecting the aesthetics of your smile. This can be particularly concerning for individuals who have invested in dental implants to improve their smile’s appearance.

The Importance of Quitting Smoking

While the effects of smoking on dental implants can be worrisome, the good news is that quitting smoking can significantly improve the chances of successful implantation and long-term oral health. Here’s why:

  • Enhanced Healing: By quitting smoking, you promote better blood circulation, enabling your body to heal faster and reducing the risk of complications after implant surgery.
  • Reduced Infection Risk: A smoke-free lifestyle strengthens your immune system, making it more effective in fighting off potential infections, ensuring the health of your dental implants.
  • Preserved Bone Density: Quitting smoking can help slow down bone loss and maintain better bone density around your dental implants, increasing their stability and durability.
  • Long-Term Dental Health: Beyond the realm of dental implants, quitting smoking offers a multitude of benefits for your overall dental health, including reduced risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer.

Contact a Roswell Dentist for More Implant Dentistry Insight

As an esteemed dental professional, Dr. Mitzi Morris in Roswell emphasizes the critical importance of understanding how smoking affects dental implants. Quitting smoking is undoubtedly one of the best decisions you can make to safeguard your oral health, enhance the longevity of your dental implants, and enjoy a confident, radiant smile. Not to mention, you’ll be protecting a notable investment you’ve made towards your dental health.

If you’re considering dental implants or seeking guidance on improving your dental health, our team at Dr. Mitzi Morris’s practice is here to assist you in Roswell.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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