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How Long Do All-on-4 Implants Last?
Considering All-on-4®? Also known as implant-supported dentures, this tooth replacement option is one that combines the use of dental implants with dentures. Most are familiar with dentures and how bulky they can be within the mouth. It is easy to shy away from dentures due to the awkwardness of a sliding oral appliance. On the flip side, dental implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth. However, they are traditionally used for single replacements, instead of entire arches.
With All-on-4®, patients with missing arches of teeth can get the best of both worlds--the security and strength of dental implants but the entire arch of dentures. However, one common question that arises when considering All-on-4® is how long it lasts. Keep reading to find out!
The lifespan of All-on-4® implants
Below is a quick overview of how All-on-4® lasts. This information can be useful for individuals who are considering the different tooth replacement options.
Generally speaking, on average
All-on-4® implant-supported dentures tend to last around 10 years. While 10 years may not sound that long, it is important to understand where that number comes from. All-on-4® is made up of two parts, including the denture piece and the four dental implants that are placed in the jaw.
The actual dental implants are very unlikely to become damaged because they fuse with the bone, thus making them a natural part of the body. In some rare instances, they may require replacement after 20 years or so.
On the other hand, the denture piece that connects to the implants may need replacement or repair within 10 years. Denture pieces are very strong, but they are also very delicate. The materials that make up denture pieces are made of nylon and plastic. They are prone to wear and tear, which can lead to worn or weak spots.
Individuals who play sports or engage in physical activity may not experience as long of lasting All-on-4. When the mouth is more vulnerable to injury or accident, the denture piece is more likely to get damaged, thus resulting in a need for repair or replacement.
Making All-on-4 last
The All-on-4 set up is more likely to last longer if patients take the appropriate steps to ensure that the oral cavity remains healthy. Outlined below are a few things that patients can do to ensure the longevity of these implant-supported dentures.
- Avoid tough or hard foods that could damage the denture piece
- Practice oral hygiene every day
- Rinse with salt water once a day to access hard-to-reach areas
- Visit the dentist on a regular basis
- Avoid using the mouth for nail-biting, bottle opening, etc.
Get started with All-on-4®
All-on-4 is a great tooth replacement option; however, it does require a thorough evaluation in order to get started. To find out more about the treatment and what it entails, reach out today. The dentist can ask questions and address concerns, both of which can be used to identify the appropriate course of action. Give us a call or stop by today to get started with All-on-4.
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