Can I have implants placed if I smoke? | | Ewan Bramley Dental Care

Can I have implants placed if I smoke?

We all know how bad smoking is for your health, it increases the risk of developing everything from lung cancer to heart disease. Healthcare professionals will always advise you to stop smoking. If you do or don’t, this is your call at the end of the day. 

Just a little recap on the effects smoking has on your dental health:

  • • Causes gum disease
  • • Damages bone structure
  • • Bad breath and stains the teeth

As I say, you are aware of the facts relating to smoking. An implant is possible even if you do smoke, however, if you need a bone or gum graft in addition to your implant, this may not be possible.

Something else you need to consider is that unless you quit for good, smoking will continue to increase the risk of periodontal infections and bone loss leading to tooth loss.

So exactly how does smoking negatively affect the placement of dental implants?

Dental implants are made from titanium and when we place one in your jawbone the bone and gum integrate with the implant and hold it firmly in place. However, nicotine constricts your blood vessels, depriving the tissue in your mouth of oxygen and nutrients, and also reduces saliva flow, all of which slows down the healing process. Smoking also lowers your immunity and ability to fight infection.

Studies have shown that this means that integration success rates with smokers are about 90% compared with the 98% success rates we have with non-smokers. In other words success is still highly predictable and hence being a smoker absolutely shouldn’t deter patients from having dental implants placed.

Quit, don’t quit. It’s up to you. Like all surgical procedures you should be aware of the risks and how you can improve your success rate.




Dr. Ewan Bramley Owner & Dentist

Ewan Bramley has more than 15 years experience in British dentistry. Graduating from Glasgow University in 1996, Ewan spent one year working in a dental practice in central Glasgow before moving back to his native North East to join his father’s practice in North Shields. Here, Ewan practised from 1997 until 2009, before going it alone to set up his own private practice.

Operating outside the constraints of the NHS, Ewan Bramley Dental Care is now an established and leading private dental company, offering patients effective and affordable cosmetic and general dentistry.

“I have been a dentist for over seventeen years now and I am really happy to say the more I do it the more I love it. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to open a brand new state-of-the-art dental practice providing, what I feel, is the best dental care available today.” Ewan Bramley.