Dr. James S. Kim, DDS. SC

Will smoking affect cosmetic dentistry procedures?

The answer, unfortunately, is yes. Smoking is absolutely going to affect cosmetic dentistry procedures – and any other type of dental procedure. Not only does smoking make it more likely that you may need dental treatment, it makes that treatment harder to provide.

As you probably already know, smoking creates a host of dental health risks and complications, which must be taken into account before performing a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

For example, smokers are at a higher risk for developing gum disease, bone damage, and inflammation of oral tissue, as well as throat and oral cancers. This can create problems with cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants, affecting the success of the procedure and the long-term prognostics of the implant. Your ability to heal properly is impacted by smoking. Smoking increases the chance that dental implants will not correctly integrate into existing bone tissue. Gum diseases caused by smoking can also cause implants to fail.

Implants aren’t the only procedure affected by smoking. The stains caused by smoking will negate any benefits you may get from tooth whitening and will stain restorations like crowns and porcelain veneers. If you are a smoker, the best thing to do is quit before you get a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

If you need help quitting, please talk to us.

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