Restoring your missing tooth with a dental implant is an excellent choice, and one of the smartest investments you can make in your oral health. Now that you’ve made this important decision, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure that your implant surgery is a success.
One important factor that affects the health of dental implants in Miami, FL is smoking cigarettes, and here’s why:
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant helps protect your oral health by replacing your root with a biocompatible titanium post. This is placed during surgery and then given a period of 3 to 4 months to heal and integrate with your bone. After that, it acts as a support for your new tooth just as your rot would.
Your new tooth is comprised of a high-quality porcelain crown that Dr. Morr will customize to match your existing teeth and complement your smile. Because your implant closely simulates your natural tooth, you’ll be able to eat, smile, talk, and chew as you did before.
Dental Implants and Smoking
Heavy smoking affects the health of your bone and can cause bone loss. In order for an implant to be successful, there has to be enough healthy bone structure available to support it.
It also affects the osseointegration process or the way the implant integrates with your bone. If your implant is unable to integrate properly, the pressure of the new crown may cause your implant to fail. Research shows that smoking makes the osseointegration process harder and less effective.
When you’re ready to restore your smile with a dental implant, it’s a good idea to quit smoking, and Dr. Morr can help! Our team is dedicated to your oral health ad we want your treatment to be successful, so we’re happy to help with ideas and support for quitting smoking and tobacco use.