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Dental implants offers a permanent solution for missing teeth. Many individuals wonder whether smokers can also benefit from dental implants. Let’s explore the intricate relationship between smoking and dental health, the challenges it poses, and the eligibility criteria for dental implant candidates who smoke.

Can Smokers Get Dental Implants?The Impact of Smoking on Dental Health

Smoking is well-documented as a major risk factor for various health issues, including cardiovascular diseases and respiratory problems. However, its effects on dental health are equally significant. Smoking can lead to:

  • Tooth Discolouration: Nicotine and tar in cigarettes can cause unsightly yellowing and staining of teeth.
  • Gum Disease: Smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections, including those affecting the gums. This can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, characterised by inflamed, bleeding gums and potential tooth loss.
  • Delayed Healing: Smoking slows down the body’s natural healing processes, which is a crucial aspect of dental implant success.
  • Reduced Blood Flow: Nicotine narrows blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the gums and bones, which are essential for implant healing and integration.

Dental Implant Challenges Faced by Smokers

Smokers considering dental implants encounter several challenges:

  1. Reduced Success Rates: Studies have shown that smokers experience lower success rates with dental implants compared to non-smokers. The risk of implant failure is higher among smokers.
  2. Delayed Healing: Smoking delays the post-surgical healing process, extending the time it takes for the implant to integrate with the bone.
  3. Increased Risk of Complications: Smokers are more prone to post-implant complications, such as infections and gum disease.
  4. Affect on Aesthetics: Smoking can further stain and discolour teeth and restorations, potentially diminishing the visual appeal of dental implants.

Assessing Eligibility for Dental Implants

While smoking does present challenges for dental implant candidates, it does not necessarily disqualify individuals from getting implants. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis, considering factors such as:

  • Frequency and Duration of Smoking: Heavy smokers may face greater challenges than occasional smokers.
  • Overall Health: The patient’s overall health and commitment to smoking cessation play a role in eligibility.
  • Our Dentist’s Evaluation: A thorough evaluation by our dentist is essential to determine if dental implants are a viable option for a smoker.

Tips for Smokers Considering Dental Implants

If you’re a smoker contemplating dental implants, here are some essential tips to consider:

  • Quit Smoking: The most effective step you can take is to quit smoking. It not only improves your chances of successful implantation but also enhances your overall health.
  • Consult a Professional: Seek advice from a dentist or oral surgeon experienced in implant procedures. They can assess your individual situation and provide guidance.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene to minimise the risk of gum disease and complications.

Alternatives for Smokers

In cases where dental implants may not be suitable, smokers can explore alternative tooth replacement options, including:

  • Dental Bridges: These bridge the gap created by missing teeth and are anchored to adjacent teeth.
  • Partial Dentures: Removable partial dentures offer a cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: A hybrid approach that combines dental implants with removable dentures can provide stability and functionality.

Why Choose DS Dental Studio for Dental Implants?

At DS Dental Studio, dental excellence and unparalleled patient care is our top priority! Our Dental Implants treatment is a game-changer, providing a durable, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. They not only restore the aesthetics of your smile but also improve your ability to eat and speak comfortably.

We are committed to delivering high-quality, personalised dental care. Our experienced implantologists will guide you through the process, ensuring you are comfortable and well-informed every step of the way. Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer.

What Our Patients Say

Sophie Russell
Sophie Russell
12 December 2023
Excellent thoughtful care. Good explanations.
Sue Edison
Sue Edison
6 December 2023
Excellent treatment covering a wide range of dental work over many years.
6 December 2023
Friendly and efficient practice with some excellent dentists
Balraj Rai
Balraj Rai
5 October 2023
I had a painless tooth extraction done by Dr Sandro Rasgado, who is a fantastic Dr, and very knowledgable. I was very nervous but he made me feel right at ease. Thank you Dr Sandro for the wisdom teeth you removed, and the wisdom you shared too!
Bilal J
Bilal J
10 August 2023
Tahseen Khan done an amazing job with the composite bonding on a chipped front tooth. Saw me very short notice and was very professional.
Sarah Shajobi
Sarah Shajobi
27 May 2023
Dr Tehseen Khan done an amazing job with my teeth. I absolutely love it and would 100% recommend her great services.
Yvonne Kao
Yvonne Kao
5 February 2023
I recently completed by Invisalign treatment with Dr Tehseen Khan and had a fantastic experience with her and the team. I had my first consultation with her in 2019 and only started Invisalign in 2022 yet she still gave me the same quote I received previously. Her professionalism throughout and willingness to answer all the questions I asked made my experience smooth and easy from day 1. My teeth look incredible only after 14 weeks and I cannot be happier with the results!
Janet Goggins
Janet Goggins
6 December 2022
I would highly recommend Dr Tehseen Khan to anyone considering Invisalign. I have just finished 9 months of treatment and was really happy with the care and attention I received. Dr Khan has deep knowlege and expertise in Invisalign and I felt very reassured throughout that I was having the best possible care. And I am very pleased with the resuts!
Nigel Root
Nigel Root
16 September 2022
Oh, the relief! After a poor crown on a tooth six months ago at another dentist, Dr Vaishali Bhowmick replaced it last week. It changed from trapping food and dental floss to being smooth and the same gap as the other teeth. Thank you, Nigel


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Our Location

We are conveniently located at 📍Unit 201a, West Ariel Way, London W12 7GA📍Reaching us is straightforward. You’ll find us along Wood Lane, on the outside aspect of Shepherd’s Bush London at Street Level. We are halfway between Shepherds Bush Market and Wood Lane tube stations.

By Underground

DS Dental Studio is minutes away from four tube stations:

  • Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line and Circle Line)
  • Shepherds Bush Market (Hammersmith & City Line and Circle Line)
  • White City (Central Line)
  • Shepherds Bush (Central Line)

By Rail

Shepherds Bush Station is a short walk from DS Dental Studio. Served by London Overground, and Southern with convenient connections at Clapham Junction for journeys from further afield.

By Car

Easy parking availability at Shepherd’s Bush London Car Park, on Ariel Way. We are easily signposted from the A40, and if you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode W12 7SL. Free parking is available for blue badge holders in the middle level car park.

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