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Question:
Smoking causes implant failure? I had implants put in about a year ago.

After two months I kept getting infections so the doctor took them out (reason he gave was because I smoked). I let my gums heal and stopped smoking.

He then proceeded to try again, planting two new implants in my lower jaw. Something was very wrong. I had pain for three weeks. He gave me motrin, percoset, advil and vicadin.

He pulled them out three days after I had worse pain in my chin. He says that it is normal.

I don't think so. Now I am afraid I will never have implants and will have to wear a denture plate that is always loose and use glue for the rest of my life. Please help me. ...Visitor from FL

Answer:
Sorry that you have had bad experiences. I would agree that smoking is not good for the healing of tissue and integration of implants.

However, you should not have had to deal with pain over that many days. If there is pain, it means something is wrong. Sometimes just backing the implant out one or two turns can eliminate the problem.

I would not give up on placing implants because they can make your quality of life better. Perhaps the mini-implants by Imtec would be better suited for you.

Without x-rays and a clinical exam I can not tell you more. Hope I have helped.

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