Smoking and healing – what you need to know.
How Do Cigarettes and Other Drugs Affect Dental Implants?
Tobacco products produce a considerable number of problems during the recovery period that may cause implants to fail. When inhaled cigarette smoke contacts the inside of your mouth, that is when it is hottest and most concentrated. At that point, it will burn your oral tissues, and over time the mouth will form white scaly patches called keratosis that can harm or block your salivary glands. This, in turn, will cause dry mouth. A dry mouth is a problem since you need saliva to wash away the acids and plaque that bacteria leave in your mouth. If these harmful particles remain, they can trigger or worsen cases of gum disease and tooth decay. This may not harm the prosthetic teeth but can damage or undermine the health of the nearby bones and tissues that support them.