Dental implants have been a great leap forward for countless patients suffering from missing teeth. Whether you have one tooth that’s been lost due to trauma or decay or your whole mouth has been affected implants give you the chance to live a good, happy life without the need for dentures or embarrassment.
At The Waterford Dentist we love placing dental implants. We see patients smile ear to ear when they see the finished product! The lifelike crowns and bridges we create perfectly complement permanent dental implants and help you live life to its fullest!
If you’re a smoker who has dental implants you’re risking the long-term stability and quality of your implants a horrible thought when you consider how great an investment they are! We strongly urge our patients who smoke to reconsider their habit for the health of their teeth, implants, and body!
Smoking puts you at risk for a lot of adverse health conditions, and your mouth isn’t exempt! Today we want to focus on what smoking can do to your gums and bone because that’s what affects dental implants.
Your mouth contains a lot of bacteria. That bacteria makes up the plaque that your brush off your teeth twice a day and is a major player in tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque bacteria feeds on the sugar you eat and when it does it creates acid that weakens and ultimately destroys your tooth enamel. It can also get under your gumline and cause inflammation, gum recession, and eventual tooth loss and infection!
Well, you might think, dental implants are made out of titanium they can’t decay! That’s true, but think about it this way: the bacteria in your mouth has one less thing to attack so it turns right to the gums and bone that supports your implants!
Studies have shown that smokers have a much higher concentration of harmful bacteria in their mouths, increasing their risk for two kinds of infections: peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. These peri-implant diseases act just like gingivitis and gum disease and can have serious implications for your oral health!
If plaque bacteria begins to infect the gums around a dental implant it’s known as peri-implant mucositis. If you’re dealing with this condition you’ll probably see inflammation, bleeding, receding gums, and red, irritated tissue around the edge of your implant. This is the beginning of serious risk!
Thankfully peri-implant mucositis can be easily reversed through smoking cessation, a deep cleaning, and good oral health habits. If left untreated, however, it could develop into peri-implantitis. The risk of not being able to turn back and repair the damage continues to grow higher the longer it’s left to spread!
Peri-implantitis involves the spread of the infection into the bone supporting your implant. That bone is important it’s what allows your implant to be strongly held in place through the bonds it forms with it! When the bone starts to recede due to peri-implantitis your implant can loosen, shift, and even fall out!
If you notice any signs of irritation around your dental implants it’s important that you see us right away!
Quitting smoking is an essential part in helping your mouth maintain a healthy balance of bacteria, but it isn’t the only way to prevent these conditions. Good oral care habits at home are essential! Just because your dental implants are immune to decay doesn’t mean you can ignore the health of the gums and bone that hold them in place!
Make sure you brush twice a day, floss in the evenings, and you have to make sure you see us at our Waterford dentist office for regular cleanings and exams! Teeth both real and fake need to be cared for by a team of well-qualified dental professionals!
Don’t let your life-changing investment be wasted. Your dental implants were placed to give you a comfortable, permanent, and fully-functional replacement for lost teeth. We can help you keep them for the rest of your life but you have to commit to good habits at home!
If you’re concerned you may be suffering from peri-implant diseases don’t wait call The Waterford Dentist today at (248) 674-0495! You can also request an appointment by filling out our online form. We look forward to keeping your mouth and your dental implants healthy for years to come!
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