A new set of all-on-4 dental implants

Even with utmost oral care, tooth loss is a reality many Americans have to deal with, especially in their senior years. Studies reveal that up to 40 million adults lack all their natural teeth, and the problem only gets worse as you advance in age. Nearly thirty percent of adults in the 65–74-year age bracket require teeth replacement with dentures. 

Typically, dentures are held to the gum using an adhesive or suction. But with continuing dental innovations, All On 4 Implants are emerging as the best alternative for tooth replacement. However, as promising as this treatment might be, it comes at a cost almost similar to high-end interventions.

Before you make this kind of investment in your dental care, you might want to know how long the All-on-4 Implants will last. 

Fortunately, current data shows All-on-4 implants have high success rates, and for most people, they can last 20 years or longer. For the specific longevity of the treatment, it’s essential to understand what All-on-4 Implants entail and the factors that can affect the treatment’s success. 

What are All-on-4 Implants?

The All-on-4 uses similar technology to traditional implants, but it’s less invasive. First, a biocompatible titanium screw is fixed into your jawbone. The dentist or prosthodontist, then connects dentures to the recently implanted screws. 

All-on-4 uses only four implants to replace the entire arch of the teeth, unlike the conventional options that use eight or more implants. Since the four posts are strategically placed at the thickest parts of the jawbone, this procedure eliminates the need for bone grafting. 

If you’ve had bone loss and are not a good fit for traditional implants, All-on-4 can give you your smile back. This form of treatment has numerous advantages, including faster recovery time and stability equivalent to the 8-implant techniques. 

How Long will the All on 4 Implant Last?

While the longevity of the newer All-on-4 implant technique varies by individual and care, you can trust the statistics that show an average lifespan of 20-25 years. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association study, 95 percent of patients experienced implant success even after five years and 94 percent over ten years. With good care, implants have the potential to last lifetime. 

How can you Increase your Implant’s Lifespan?

Among the many factors that determine an implant’s longevity, oral hygiene practices that the patient adopts are crucial. The success of your All-on-4 implants depends on you to a large extent.

Here are a few tips to help your implant last longer:

  • Choose an experienced dentist. Some All-on-4 failure cases result from incorrect positioning or nerve damage, which are attributable to a dentists’ lack of experience. Therefore, research dentists in your area and choose an expert with experience who can place the implants properly. 
  • Maintain good health. Issues with your overall health might impair healing and rehabilitation following implant insertion. A healthy diet plus proper blood sugar levels can help you improve the life of your implants. 
  • Adopt good dental hygiene. Like natural teeth, implants require regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing to improve their lifespan. A biannual check-up by your dentist is also essential in maintaining the All-on-4 implants to ensure they remain in good condition.
  • Avoid smoking and other teeth-damaging practices. Treat your All-on-4 implants the way you would your natural teeth to make them last longer. Eating hard candies, sticky foods, or crunching on hard nuts might reduce your implant’s lifespan, just like smoking and excessive drinking.

Ready for your Perfect Smile?

For long-lasting tooth replacement optionsKanehl Dental is ready to help rebuild your smile with All-on-4 implants. Our team has years of experience in the placement of implant-retained dentures, allowing you peace of mind that your treatment will be done right the first time. 

To learn more or set an appointment, call Kanehl Dental at (904) 731-2162.