How Long Do All-on-4 Implants Last?
Dental implants have become extremely popular for treating tooth loss. They fuse with a person’s natural bone tissues to provide the ultimate degree of support to a full range of dental restorations. Although implants offer many benefits, they can be costly, and treatment is invasive.
All-on-4® implants are a more affordable and less invasive alternative to traditional dental implants. With just four strategically placed implants, All-on-4 dental implants can support a full set of dentures. Patients in the Los Algodones, Mexico and Mexicali area who are considering this treatment can read on to learn how long All-on-4 implants last.
Expected Lifespan of All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants are surgically placed in a patient’s jawbone, just like traditional dental implants. The main difference is that All-on-4 dental implants require only four implants to support up to a full arch of dentures. The All-on-4 technique is used to strategically place implants to take maximum advantage of the patient’s bone tissue.
As your dental implants heal, they will fuse with the bone tissues in a process called osseointegration. As long as osseointegration is a success, your implants essentially become a part of the natural jaw. Following this period of healing, they should last at least 20 to 25 years and possibly for the duration of the patient’s life.
Expected Lifespan of Supported Restorations
Our Los Algodones patients should understand that the restorations that are supported by All-on-4 implants are separate from the implants themselves. Although the implants have the potential to last for 20 years or more, restorations such as bridges or dentures typically wear down more quickly. While All-on-4 dental implants sit beneath the gum line and have the support of surrounding bone tissues, the restoration is above the gum line and is consistently exposed to the force of biting and chewing.
The restorations we provide are composed of strong and durable materials, but they will still become worn down or damaged over time. Typically, the restorations supported by All-on-4 implants need to be replaced within 10 to 15 years. Fortunately, replacing worn restorations will not compromise the strength or durability of the implants.
Prolonging Treatment Results
All-on-4 dental implants, and the restorations they support, have the potential to last for many years. But the lifespan of these dental treatments can vary largely from one person to the next. The long-term success of implants is ultimately determined by how a person cares for them and their oral health practices. To prolong treatment results, we recommend these tips:
- Carefully follow all post-surgical care instructions
- Brush and floss regularly
- Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings twice a year
- Refrain from poor oral hygiene habits, such as teeth grinding and using the teeth as tools
- Limit foods that are particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky
Send Us a Message
All-on-4 implants offer durable support to fixed dentures, with the added benefit of being more affordable and less invasive than traditional dental implants. If you’d like to find out if this missing teeth treatment is right for you, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call our dental center at (928) 257-3604.