Recent studies have indicated that there is a direct connection between smoking and the loss of oral bones and tissues. In addition, smokers are at an increased risk for tooth loss and severe periodontal disease (periodontitis).
Smokers who have dental implants are more likely to develop peri-implantitis, a condition where the peri-implant mucosa becomes inflamed and deep pockets of mucus form around the implant. If left untreated, peri-implantitis can result in the failure of the implant.
Patients who used to smoke but have stopped generally have improved periodontal (gum) health and a higher chance for successful implant acceptance.