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Does Smoking Affect Dental Implants?

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Yes, smoking does affect dental implants, especially right at the beginning when they need to heal in order to be successful. Because of the higher risk of complications, some dentists will choose not to provide dental implants to patients who smoke in excess. But this isn’t to say that the procedure is impossible for heavy smokers. It only means that patients who smoke should be aware of the higher risks associated with smoking. Smoking can hinder the absorption of nutrients, increase infection vulnerability, and reduce saliva flow. All three of these smoking side effects interfere with the jaw’s ability to…


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Consequences of Not Replacing Missing Teeth

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Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant can seem like an intimidating prospect. After all, the word “implant” can sound severe, and there are simpler fixes available like dentures. However daunting it might be, you should not put off a discussion and decision about implants, since there are serious consequences to leaving a missing tooth, well, missing! The number one concern is bone loss. After you lose a tooth, or it is extracted, the surrounding bone starts to atrophy. In order for implants to have the best chance of success, you need to have enough bone material remaining to…


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