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Smoking and Dental Implants Carrollton, GA
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Bad breath and stained teeth aren’t the only ways that smoking can impact your mouth. In fact, if you plan to get dental implants, your nicotine habit cab be a deal breaker. Smoking and dental implants simply can’t coexist if you want to have successful teeth replacement. Understanding how dental implants work can help you understand why you’ve got to put down your cigarettes before and after this important restorative procedure.

What Dental Implants Need to Succeed

Dental implants are the leading solution in tooth replacement. They help patients avoid the devastating consequences of missing teeth, including bone loss in the jaw. The surgery involves a titanium post or screw that is inserted into the jawbone. In the following few months, the implant will fuse to the surrounding bone as it heals. This forms a strong foundation an implant restoration (crown, bridge, denture) to be placed on top. Implant dentistry offers a permanent solution and most life-like replica for missing teeth.

Dental implants do need some things in order to succeed. First, there must be enough existing bone structure to secure the implant in place. Second, the healing phase after implant surgery is critical. Proper healing must take place to support the osseointegration process between the implant and the jawbone. Unfortunately, smoking can greatly complicate both the healing process and success of dental implants.

How Smoking Affects Dental Implants

We know that smoking can wreaks havoc on your oral health, from tooth discoloration and bad breath to salivary gland damage and even oral cancer. However, nicotine can also be a threat to your body’s healing process and immune system – which becomes very important when getting dental implants. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that reduces or limits blood flow to your soft tissues. This deprives your oral tissues of the blood, oxygen and nutrients they need to heal after implant surgery. Furthermore, if your immune system is compromised, you are vulnerable to infection. Any type of oral infection can sabotage your implant healing and even cause them to fail. The oral bacteria that smoking invites creates a major threat to someone who has recently had oral surgery.

When to Kick Your Habit

If you are a smoker and need dental implants, it is not necessarily off the table. However, an implants dentist will strongly advise patients who do smoke to stop their habit for a set period of time before and after their implant surgery. To learn more about your candidacy for dental implants as a smoker, please call Dr. Tejal Kakade in Carrollton.

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516 Newnan St.
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This was absolutely the best experience I have ever had with any dentist. Dr. Tejal is so attentive to the needs of her patients. She cares deeply about the quality of service provided and taking care of you individually. You don't feel like a number. You leave knowing that you received the best care and beautiful smile to go with it.

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I have never had a bad experience going to see Dr. Kakade and her amazing, caring staff. They make it super easy to book an appointment, send you helpful reminders via text, and you are in and out in a short amount of time with hardly any wait time. The office is warm and inviting with nice decor and even dentist chairs that massage you! Best of all, the entire staff genuinely care about their patients and want to help them have the best experience possible. They remember you and get to know you. I actually look forward to going!

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Dr. Tejal and her wonderful staff do everything humanly possible to make every patient feel welcomed, supported, and cared for with the utmost compassion and professionalism. It feels as though one has been adopted into a family of caretakers and that you are a part of the family. 5 Stars and thumbs up all the way! They are the best! I speak from personal experience.


My family has used Dr. Tejal since she started her practice in Carrollton. She is thorough, detailed, and comprehensive in her approach to dental care. She seems to invest in new technology and modern methods to make routine and extraordinary care as easy for the patient as possible. Candy has been my hygienist for over a decade and does a fantastic job restoring my teeth to tip-top shape. On the rare occasion when Candy was unavailable, the other members of Dr. Tejal's team have been excellent.

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516 Newnan St.
Carrollton, GA 30117



Mon-Thurs: 8:00am - 3:00pm