Electronic cigarette and dental implants

| March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Sh. Moyal

Electronic cigarette and dental implants:

Hi, I just recently had more bone grafting for my front tooth, due to the bone being more hollow than fusing to the jaw. I have been a smoker for over 15 years, and recently quit. I have been strong but every now and again I’ll take a puff off a cigarette.

My concern is the day after my second bone grafting, I took a smoke of an electronic cigarette. Will this cause the bone grafting and my dental implant to fail? Or is it safe to smoke electronic cigg’s, what are the consequences if I use the electronic cigarette?
Please help – concerned.

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  1. sandydig says:

    Electronic cigarette and dental implants
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! Smoking tobacco cigarettes hinders the blood flow to the bone and surrounding tissues and negatively affects the healing process. It would be best to wait until the site has healed before puffing on the electronic cigarette. Though you do not have any of the detrimental affects of the nicotine the implant site still needs time to heal. Just as you should not use a straw for a couple of days, the electronic cigarette should be avoided for at least a couple of days after surgery. You have spent a lot of money on the bone grafting and impending implants. If you have already used the electronic cigarettes I do not feel that this means that your bone graft will fail I just feel that it’s not worth the risk. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy your implants for the rest of your life. It’s worth waiting for.

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