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Smoking is one of the worst, if not the worst, habits that anyone can have. Smoking jeopardizes your health in many ways, often leading to a severe cancer diagnosis and death. While most people are aware of smoking’s effects on the lungs, how much do you know about how smoking affects your oral health? For those with dental implants, it is vital that you understand how smoking impacts your oral health. With an investment in both time and money, understanding the negative impact of smoking on dental implants may be an excellent reason to stop smoking.

Smoking leads to several negative consequences inside the mouth. Beyond bad breath, stained teeth, and oral cancer, the chemicals and gases created by smoking cause damage to the mouth’s soft tissues. Additionally, the drug nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it reduces blood flow to the soft tissues. This can compromise your gum health and slow down the body’s ability to heal itself. Smoking also encourages oral bacteria growth, leading to tooth decay and gum disease.

Studies have shown that smokers are twice as likely to suffer from implant failure compared to non-smokers. The success of dental implant surgery primarily relies on the healing process after the implants are placed. The bones of the mouth must fuse with the titanium posts of dental implants, and the surrounding gum tissues must be free of infection so that they heal properly. Smoking dramatically inhibits this healing process and leaves dental implants at high risk for failure.

Smoking is a bad habit that you should work to break. Not only will your overall health improve, but your oral health will also see significant benefits. If you are a smoker, only a dental professional will be able to determine your candidacy for dental implants. However, if you are a smoker and wish to undergo dental implant surgery, you will need to commit to not smoking for at least one week prior to surgery and up to two months afterward.

Contact Engineered Smiles to learn more about dental implants. If you have questions or concerns regarding how smoking affects your chances of successful results, be sure to bring them up with our doctor, David C. Wang. We want what is best for you.

Posted on behalf of Engineered Smiles

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    Jennifer W.

    Absolutely love this place, I’ve been coming here for the last two years. I didn’t have insurance when I first started, and they had a great payment plan that they were able to let me work with. I see Jennifer, and she is the absolute best! Dr. Wang and his entire staff have always been extremely friendly and helpful. I will continue coming back to this location for years to come come!

    Edward G.

    Like most people I don't particularly enjoy going to the dentist. The staff, hygienists, and Dr. Wang himself make this practice the best one I have ever gone to. I have been I patient for over a year now. I recently made the decision to get a filling from another dentist redone. That filling had me terrified because my last dentist didn't properly prep me. I told Dr. Wang and he listened very attentively and took the necessary steps to make sure I was properly numbed and fixed my filling and I didn't feel a thing! The shop itself is very clean and organized. It's and old Bank building and they cleverly used the value for the X-ray room. A big shout out to Jennifer for being great and very gentle with my cleanings. Also, the office manager Autumn, for always working with insurance for me and getting the financials as low as possible without me having to ask. I have recommended several people to this practice and all have had great experiences and continue to go back. This practice is absolutely worth checking out!

    Becky K.

    Dr. Wang and his amazing technology create incredible results. I have had an implant and a crown and they are perfect replicas of my original teeth, only healthy. Also, the work was efficient and practically pain free!! He and his support staff are all kind and gentle. This practice is highly recommended both by me and by my husband!

    Jean R.

    Dr Wang went above and beyond to make sure I thoroughly understood his proposed treatment plan for a front tooth implant. He spent almost an hour on the phone with me addressing all my questions and concerns and outlining his reasons for choosing a particular method or timeline. He was patient and specific. The following day he spent even more of his time demonstrating some of the incredible technology he would be using to ensure success of the procedure. He is incredibly smart and his engineering knowledge seems to be coming in handy!! Wonderful dentist with a broad range of talent!

    Sanjay P.

    I’ve continued to use Dr. Wang as my dentist for several years and have always been more than happy with him. His staff is excellent and Jennifer, my dental hygienist, was friendly and did a great job. Dr Wang is always thorough and takes the time to answer all the questions I have - I trust him and continue to refer friends, family and coworkers to him and they have always been happy to say the least!

    Margo W.

    I could not get my regular dentist and Dr Wang popped up on Google as if by magic! I have a severe phobia about dentists but the glowing reviews about Dr Wang and his staff gave me courage to make that call after years of putting off the dentist. I was still anxious as I arrived for my appointment (I would not have gone but for the pain I was in) Dr. Wang was so personable cheerful and took his time explaining the procedure. He was very gentle. Even though I can't remember their names I can't say enough about his staff who displayed the same patience and encouragement. No one has paid me to do this review. It's all my true feelings. Dr Wang you have a patient for life in me

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    670 Johnson Ferry Rd
    Marietta, GA 30068

    (678) 801-6700

    (678) 903-2428

    Opening hours:

    Monday: 9AM - 6PM
    Tuesday: 8AM - 5PM
    Wednesday: 9AM - 6PM
    Thursday: 8AM - 3PM
    Friday - Sunday: Closed