Surgeon general updates, expands tobacco impact on cavities, dental implants
The Surgeon general recommends smokers who are thinking of getting dental implants should stop smoking
According to the American Dental Association, the 998-page report reaffirms the health risks that are associated with tobacco use and also expands the list of illnesses “casually associated” with active smoking.
When it comes to oral health, the report offered the following conclusions:
-The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a casual relationship between active cigarette smoking and dental caries.
· -The evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a casual relationship between cigarette smoking and failure of dental implants
· -The existing evidence suggests that smoking may compromise the prognosis for osseointegrated dental implants. An intervention to discontinue tobacco use should be part of the treatment plan for persons who are considering a dental implant.
The report concludes with calls for “dramatic action” to reduce tobacco use.
Dental implant expert Dr. Greg Rubin, who has done many dental implant procedures and has been involved in implant dentistry since 1998, applauds the new finding.
“A dental implant is a surgical procedure that has risks,” he said. “Most of my dental implant patients handle the procedure well, but smokers are more likely to suffer from increased complications associated with the healing process of the affected area.”
He added that patients who smoke have a higher risk of developing a condition called peri-implantitis, where an infection develops around the implant that may cause the body to completely reject the implant.
But there are other possible complications he said.
“A patient needs to have good blood flow for the implant to intergrate properly with the jaw bone, but nicotine is bad for blood flow, slowing the healing process and increasing the risk of infection.
“Even though this review confirms what we have known for many years about smoking and oral health, I believe more research in the area is needed.”
If you are thinking of getting a dental implant or would like more information, please call Dr. Greg Rubin’s dental implant hotline — (818) IMPLANT® or (818) 467-5268 to set up a complimentary consultation with Dr. Greg Rubin and also get a second opinion.
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