Smoking and Dental Implants
Are you or someone you love considering dental implants but have a smoking habit? Watch this video by experienced Buffalo implant dentist Dr. Zachary Teach to find out what you should know about smoking and dental implants.
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Sometimes a situation arises and a patient will come to me. They’ve been a smoker for a long period of time, they don’t have any intention of quitting. I’ve done my best to try and motivate them to quit, prescribed certain drugs to help them quit, and gave them many different avenues to try, but it didn’t work. The patient now lost a tooth, wants to replace a tooth, and is interested in a dental implant. They’ll ask me if they can get one and I have to say, “Well, what are we going to do about your smoking? Are you going to try and quit?”
When they ask if it’s going to be dependent upon them quitting smoking, I tell them yes. What I try to do is get a patient on board to at least try to reduce their smoking habit and then try to come up with another smoking cessation situation that might even eventually get them to quit, so I can get them motivated about their treatment, about receiving a dental implant, and hopefully then I’ll nail two birds with one stone – get them to quit smoking, then get them a dental implant, and then replace their missing tooth.
If you have questions about smoking and dental implants, contact Teach Dental Group today for a free consultation. We’ve been creating beautiful smiles for Western New York residents for over 40 years. Let our experience work for you.