I am a dental implant patient. About a month and a half ago I had the implant surgically implanted. I have been a smoker for most of my adult life and recently I quit because I was getting the dental implant. Then, last week I started smoking again. When I brushed my teeth I happened to notice some bleeding on my toothbrush and near my gum line. Do you think my dental implant is failing? I go back next month for the next appointment to have everything finalized. Do you think I should quit smoking?
- Tina in Ohio
It is no secret that smoking is bad for your health. It is also not good for your dental health. But, the bleeding is probably not related to you beginning to smoke again. Most likely, the implant site area is still healing since it was recently placed. You may have brushed to hard and that may have caused the bleeding. Although, dental implant failure happens far too often. The symptoms associated with a possible failure include pain, bone loss around the implant area, and mobility. It would be in your best interest to quit smoking for many reasons, including the increased risk for gum disease. Bleeding gums can be an indicator of gum disease, as well as bone loss. You should definitely discuss the bleeding with your dentist at your next appointment. If the condition worsens, you may want to get in for an appointment sooner than the one scheduled for next month so infection around the implant area can be ruled out.
Some patients are motivated by cheap dental implants which can also result in failure. Hopefully this was not the case for you and your issue is due to the healing process. For those reading, it is worth mentioning that there are over 200 companies that manufacture dental implants and only six companies have documented research to validate their safety. It is very important to research your dentist’s credentials and experience. Cheap materials and dentists that cut corners will end up costing you more in the long run.
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