Will smoking before the healing process is finished guarantee implant failure?

by ashley
(new jersey)

I had surgery two days ago for two dental implants in my upper jaw, in the front. The same day I also had temporary crowns put on. No bone graft or sinus lift were done prior to my implant surgery, and my oral surgeon said i'd need 4-8 weeks before my implants healed.

With all this being said, my oral surgeon was not aware that I am a smoker when he did the procedure. I haven't smoked since before the surgery, but when can I smoke again?

Will smoking before the healing process is finished guarantee implant failure?

How about - just one cigarette a day?

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Smoking During Healing
by: Sharon B., RDH

Hi Ashley,

Smoking during any invasive procedure, and especially dental implants can decrease healing. Of course I cannot guarantee 100% that the site will fail, but I can tell you that it won't respond to the procedure the way a normal healthy person would. If you had a wound on your leg that was opened up and you blew smoke into it once a day, what do you think it would do to your wound?

Of course it would probably eventually heal, but it would not look nice and pretty, or what it should look like if you weren't blowing smoke into it. Dental implant patients are doing the best they can when they choose not to smoke.

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It is better no to smoke. I think it is quite possible to hold yourself of smoking.

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