This article describes the detrimental effects tobacco-use has upon the
successful healing of dental implants. This serves as a warning to patients
having failing teeth replaced with this dental technology.
The ability of Houston dental implants to biologically fuse with bone tissue, a process
termed ‘osseointegration’, has led to their incredible success as a tooth replacement
solution. These ingenious dental devices get, directly from the jaw bone as is the case
with your natural teeth, all the support they need to remain free-standing and perfectly
functional for decades. Qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne
Brueggen, has been placing Houston dental implants for
many, many years. He has seen the full spectrum of
patient cases, from those requiring only a single implant to
those that don’t have a single original adult tooth left.
Overall, Houston dental implants enjoy massive
success in the restoration of smiles that were seemingly
irreparable to the decay, damage and subsequent tooth
loss they have sustained. But if there is one demon that
substantially compromises this success, it is many of the 4,000 chemical compounds
created by burning and smoking cigarettes.
Ensuring the Success of Houston Dental Implants
The connection between tobacco use and your general health is well-researched and
documented in medical literature. So, there is really no need for a verbal tirade about
the hazards of smoking here. What would be more interesting is to learn of the results
of a study that was conducted at the University of Murcia in Spain in 2007. In order to
test the impacts of smoking on the success of Houston dental implants, 66 patients
agreed to have their oral health documented over a five year period. During the study
time, the patients had an accumulated total of 165 implants placed. The results were:
Smokers: 15.8% of the implants placed in smokers failed. This essentially means
that Houston dental implants are 11 times more likely to fail if you are a smoker!
Non-smokers: 98.6% of the implants placed in non-smokers were a success!
Only 1.4% failed and this was usually due to a lack of proper post-procedural
care or the presence of advanced oral bacterial infection.
The results were astounding! Here, Dr. Wayne Brueggen explains the three things that
influence the success of Houston dental implant procedures:
(1) Smokers are more likely to develop an infection
subsequent to the placement of Houston dental implants.
This may require the implant dentist to remove them in
order to eliminate the bacterial infection.
(2) Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the hard tissue in the
jaw (bone) and the soft tissues in the mouth. This
compromises the ability of the Houston dental implant to
heal properly. It is this reduced blood flow that increases a
patient’s risk of developing an infection too.
(3) Smoking prolongs the healing time required for Houston dental implants.
Subsequently, patients can more easily damage the young fusion between the
titanium implant and the underlying jaw bone through simple actions such as
eating and chewing.
Houston Dental Implants and Smoking: Your Take Home Message
If you are considering Houston dental implants as your tooth replacement option, you
should first do what it takes to stop smoking: not only for your oral health but for your
general health and wellness too.