Dental implants are widely recognized as the most stable and durable solution for tooth loss. Unfortunately, not all patients are ideal candidates for trditional dental implants. All-on-4® implants are a great alternative for these individuals to consider.
All-on-4 dental implants support an entire arch of restorations with just four dental implants. These implants are strategically placed so that they can anchor a full set of fixed dentures, even if a patient has suffered from jawbone degeneration. At Smiles for Life, our Harrisonburg, VA, patients frequently ask how long All-on-4 implants will last. Here, we go over the average lifespan of All-on-4 implants, and offer some tips for extending the results of treatment.
Expected All-on-4 Lifespan
All-on-4 implants are a newer advancement in the field of dental implants, so there is not a significant amount of data to show exactly how long these implants should last. However, All-on-4 implants use the same technology as traditional implants.
During treatment, small titanium screws are placed in the jaw where they are intended to fuse with the patient’s natural tissues through a process called osseointegration. The only difference is that, with All-on-4 implants, only four implants are placed, and the two back implants are placed at an angle, to take maximum advantage of remaining bone tissues.
As long as All-on-4 implants fuse with the patient’s bone during the healing process, they should have a lifespan that is similar to traditional implants. Most dental professionals agree that patients can expect All-on-4 implants to last at least 20 to 25 years, with the potential to last the duration of the patient’s life.
It is important that our Harrisonburg patients understand that All-on-4 implants are made up of two parts: the implants themselves and the prosthesis that is supported by the implants. Although All-on-4 implants can last a lifetime with good oral health, the prosthesis is likely to wear down more quickly.
Dental restorations, like fixed dentures, are susceptible to wear and damage associated with biting and chewing. Dental restorations are composed of durable materials, but they are likely to require replacement at some point. With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, the prosthesis that is attached to All-on-4 implants should last at least 10 to 15 years. When the prosthesis needs to be replaced, we can do so without disrupting the implants that are in the jaw.
Extending Treatment Results
The lifespan of All-on-4 implants, including the prosthesis piece, depends largely on a patient’s oral habits. We recommend that our Harrisonburg patients practice these tips to extend the lifespan of All-on-4 treatment results:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Schedule routine dental exams and cleanings at least twice a year
- Limit foods that are particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky
- Avoid using the teeth as tools
- Refrain from grinding or clenching the teeth
- Wear a protective mouth guard when participating in sports
Get in Touch
All-on-4 implants are a strong and durable alternative for patients to consider when traditional dental implants aren’t a good fit. If you would like to learn more about the All-on-4 treatment process, get in touch with the dental team at Smiles for Life, or call (540) 828-2312 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.