Do you know any about implants?

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Anonymous asked 7 years ago

I have full dentures and bottom dentures I have implants. However bc I just got the bottom ones the implants take time. I have bad habit and I smoke which I plan to quit but  my question is do you know if the implants will fail or is that just a scare tactic. 

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askdenturist answered 7 years ago

From your question, I understand that you have a complete upper denture without implants, and a complete lower denture with implants, and being a current smoker you are asking if smoking will affect the success of your implants.
Not to many years ago, many oral surgeons would not proceed with implants until the patient quite smoking, things have changed a bit since then, and as implants have become more common, they are installed more often,
You may want to read this recent excerpt from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  It may give you some insight into your question;
The effect of cigarette smoking on dental implants and related surgery.
Levin L1, Schwartz-Arad D.

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  • 1Department of Oral Rehabilitation, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Cigarette smoking is still considered a common habit. Of smokers, increased plaque accumulation, higher incidence of gingivitis and periodontitis, higher rate of tooth loss, and increased resorption of the alveolar ridge have been found in the oral cavity. Cigarette smoking may adversely affect wound healing, and, thus, jeopardize the success of bone grafting and dental implantation. Bone grafts and sinus lift operations are both common and well-documented procedures before dental implant placement. Heat as well as toxic by-products of cigarette smoking, such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide, have been implicated as risk factors for impaired healing, and, thus, may affect the success and complications of those surgical procedures. An association among dental implants, grafting procedures (i.e., bone grafts, maxillary sinuses augmentation), and history of smoking has been reported. A higher degree of complication, or implant failure rates, were found in smokers with and without bone grafts. The relationship between cigarette smoking and implant-related surgical procedures, including the incidence of complications associated with these procedures, will be described and discussed based on relevant literature and results of our recent studies.
I hope this helps answer your question,                                                                                                                                                                     very best regards,