The All-on-4® implant bridge system is highly successful. The success rate for the dental implants is around 95%, and the success rate for the bridges approaches 100%. But no procedure is completely without problems, so it’s possible that people may experience problems with All-on-4 implant dentures.

This page provides basic background information on some of the potential complications for All-on-4 implant dentures, but the best way to learn about your personal risk is to talk to an implant dentist in person. For a consultation with a Westchester County implant dentist, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.

Dental implants with a mold showing drill holes

Potential Problems of All-on-4

Some of the potential complications of All-on-4 implant dentures include:

  • Surgical complications
  • Dental implants fail to integrate
  • Dental implants fail
  • Restorations break
  • Difficulty adapting to restorations

For many of these risks, there are minor complications and major complications. The minor complications may be more common but are more easily treatable. Major complications are much rarer.

Surgical Complications

Whenever a surgical procedure is performed, there are potential risks. These include the potential for infection, the possibility of poor healing, more than expected discomfort, and more than expected bleeding. We take steps to prevent these surgical complications, but we ask that you be alert to them and let us know immediately if you see any warning signs. Most surgical complications can be corrected and will not affect your long-term results.

Dental Implants Might Not Integrate

The miraculous efficacy of dental implants depends on their ability to integrate with your bone. But implants don’t always integrate properly. Sometimes, we can identify risk factors for this, such as smoking, poor bone density, nutrition, and others, but not always.

If an implant fails to integrate, we can remove the implant, let the site heal, and try again.

Rarely, Implants Can Fail

Dental implants have a very high success rate, but sometimes they fail. The most common cause of dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, a form of gum disease that affects the implant. This can be prevented by taking proper care of the implants–brushing, flossing, and making regular dental checkups.

Mechanical implant failure is also possible, but less common.

Restorations Break

The implant dentures for All-on-4 are highly resilient. In one five year-study of 242 cases, not a single denture failed. In a ten-year study with 245 dentures, only two failed. That’s a 99% survival rate over ten years, but it also means that dentures can break.

In the rare event a denture breaks, repair is sometimes possible, but it may be necessary to replace the denture.

Difficulty Adapting to Restorations

Some people have difficulty adapting to All-on-4 dentures. This isn’t as much of a problem as adapting to traditional dentures. Sometimes, though, people have difficulty adapting from dentures back to having anchored teeth again.

With practice, most people find that adaptation to All-on-4 comes naturally over time.

Avoiding Problems

If you are concerned about potential complications with All-on-4, there are some steps you should take to make sure you have the lowest possible complication risk.

Choose the Right Dentist: Complications for any dental procedure can vary widely from dentist to dentist. Picking the right dentist for your procedure can dramatically lower your complication risk. Carefully evaluate the education and experience for any dentist before committing to a procedure.

Share All Medical Information: Your dentist can’t properly gauge or plan for complications if they don’t know about all your risk factors. Make sure you disclose all relevant medical conditions and medications you are taking including so-called natural remedies and dietary supplements.

Follow All Instructions: After your procedure, we will tell you what you have to do to reduce the risk of potential complications with your All-on-4 implant dentures. If you follow these instructions, your risks will be very low. If you don’t follow instructions, you may be setting yourself up for complications.

If you are looking for a highly trained implant dentist in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.