Dental Implants May Offer Smokers an Advantage – The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants

It has been shown in the dental and medical literature that patients who smoke have greater incidence of periodontal disease, root decay and an overall reduced healing response. This puts smokers into the high risk group for developing dental diseases. Previously, it had been demonstrated that even dental implants had a higher failure rate in smokers than in than non smokers. However, these studies were performed utilizing a specific type of implant surface. Over the last eight to ten years, there has been a great deal of research conducted on newer implant surfaces. These surfaces have led to higher success rates and improved healing. Our practice published a landmark study that showed that smokers healed as well as and with a similar success rate with regard to implant treatment as non-smokes. These results are very promising for patients who smoke because now there may be an alternative therapy that can offer excellent success.

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On March 8, 2012, posted in: Latest News by
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