It goes without saying that dental health and smoking do not make happy bedfellows…but we want to narrow this down for you and take a look at the link between smoking and dental implant failure.

When they’re taken care of correctly, dental implants are a life-changing, long-term investment. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Preventative & Community Dentistry suggests that the likelihood of implant failure is determined by the circumstances of the individual patient, rather than the implant itself. So, factors ranging from lifestyle to oral hygiene are the most significant.

Is there really a link?

At Ollie and Darsh, we want our clients to have the best experience, so we want you to know all the facts and figures.  Studies have shown that the rate of implant failure is higher among smokers, and a failure rate of 6.5%-20% has been reported, compared to non-smokers.

However, if you are going to continue smoking with dental implants, you should ensure that you avoid doing so during the post-surgical healing period; otherwise you are at risk of developing long-term problems with your implants and not being able to take full advantage of their benefits. If you’re unable to keep to this, it is recommended to cut down the amount you smoke each day by at least 50%.

The risk of peri-implantitis

Smoking also increases the risk of peri-implantitis. This is an infectious disease that can result in loss of the supporting bone. Research has found that after 10 years, smokers who also had poor oral hygiene ended up with three times more bone loss than patients who did not smoke.

The signs of peri-implantitis include:

  • Bleeding from the gum line
  • Building up of plaque around the gum
  • Gum appears more red
  • Loss of supporting bone

This is all nasty stuff, and it’s exactly the kind of problem that we want to help our clients avoid. So, if you’re considering investing in dental implants but you’re still struggling with smoking, make sure you book a free consultation with the team at Ollie & Darsh. We’ll be able to give you advice to boost your oral health, tips to help you quit and get you started on your smile transformation.