Smoking is one of the highest causes of implant failure. This is due to the effects of nicotine and the smoke itself.
Nicotine – constriction of blood vessels, which slows healing
Chemicals – greater susceptibility to infections
The longer it takes for the surrounding bone to heal around the implant, the higher the chances of infection or early implant loss.
Nicotine replacements also cause a slower healing process, but with a lower chance of infection from the tobacco chemicals.
We always recommend quitting smoking!