There are several factors that come into play when smoking after having implants placed. This is because smoking can impact implants in a variety of ways. First of all, if the implant was placed at the same time the tooth was extracted; it is possible to get a case of dry socket. Any time there is a a vacuum (dragging on a cigarette or drinking through a straw) created in the mouth after an extraction, there is a risk of losing the blood clot after that extraction, which is the definition of dry socket (alveolar osteitis). Secondly, the chemicals in cigarette smoking cause a delay in wound healing. This can affect the implant differently depending on how the implant is placed. Usually there is an incision in the gingiva (gums) which will get delayed on healing. It also takes at least 3 months for the the bone to heal around a dental implant to stabilize it. This can be longer in a person that smokes. Finally, smoking increases the likelihood of periodontal disease. The chemicals in cigarette smoke impair the immune system which causes the gingiva and jaw bone to recede. This is the effect of periodontal disease and teeth as well as implants become less stable and over time the ability to fall out.
Hope this helps.
My best to you!
William F. Scott IV, DMD
This would be a great time to give up smoking! It's not a healthy practice for any structure in the mouth or the lungs. If you are unable to quit or continue to smoke, just realize you are
decreasing the chance of success long-term.
This concern,however, is really lower on the scale. You should quit smoking as soon as you can at almost any cost. It is well known that smoking will shorten you life, make you less able to enjoy life, cost you a lot of money and make you and your surroundings (house, car, clothing, furniture, etc) smell bad - i.e. stink.
So instead of worrying about the effect of smoking on your implants quit smoking and improve your life.
EDward M Amet DDS