One of the concerns people have about any dental treatment is how long it will last. With All-on-4, the data suggests that it is a very long-lasting, although because it is a newer system we don’t know for sure exactly how long.
If you would like to talk about longevity or other questions you might have about All-on-4 implant dentures in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.
Prosthesis Survival vs. Implant Survival
It’s important to remember that All-on-4 implant dentures are made up of two different parts: the dental implants that are placed inside the bone and the visible denture that connects to those implants. When we are talking about the long-term survival of All-on-4 implant dentures, we have to take both into account. Fortunately, the data shows that both these aspects of survival are very good.
Great Long-Term Success for Dental Implants
So far, the longest studies we have seen about All-on-4 implant dentures look at their survival over ten years. Over these ten years, studies show that All-on-4 dental implants are comparable to or better than other dental implant systems. At five years, the implant success rate was 98%, with 95% of patients experiencing not a single dental implant failure. At the ten year mark, implant survival rate was 95%, with 94% of patients experiencing not a single implant failure. Another study, which only ran to five years, showed an implant survival rate of 98%, with 93% of patients experiencing not a single implant failure.
Prosthesis Survival Rates Are Amazing
The All-on-4 implant denture is designed to stand up to the demanding conditions of replacing an entire arch of teeth. As a result, these implant dentures experience few failures. Over one five-year study involving 242 dentures, not a single denture had failed.
In the ten-year study, 245 dentures were used, with only two failing over the entire ten-year period. Thus, we can confidently say that All-on-4 implant dentures are 99% likely to last ten years.
Forecasting Beyond 10 Years: the Future Looks Bright
So what can we say about how long All-on-4 implant dentures are going to last beyond this initial 10 year period? First, we can look at other studies of dental implants. These studies show that about 60% of dental implant failures occur during the first year. After that period, failures are less frequent. When a person experiences one dental implant failure, they are more likely to experience another because many of the causes of implant failure are systemic to the mouth. So it’s likely that most, if not all, of the patients with surviving implants at 10 years will still have them at 15 or even 20 years. Overall, studies seem to indicate that about 93% of implants are still in place after 17 years.
When it comes to All-on-4 implants, it seems that the conditions are right for implants to continue surviving. Dental implants will usually show warning signs of possible failure, such as loss of bone and receding gums around dental implants. With All-on-4 implant dentures, the bones remain healthy and the gums are stable, so the implants are more likely to last 20 years or more.
Ensuring Long-Term Success of Your All-on-4 Implant Dentures
Of course, success with your implant dentures isn’t a matter of chance or statistics. You have a great deal of power to determine the success of your implants. Here’s what you can do:
Choose the Right Dentist: Your choice of dentist will make a big difference in your implant denture procedure. Make sure your dentist is a certified All-on-4 provider, and that they have a good deal of experience performing these restorations.
Perform Proper Maintenance: Just as with natural teeth, it’s important to take care of your dental implants and dentures. Brush twice a day and carefully clean around the implants themselves as instructed. And don’t forget to make your regular dental checkups. This will help your dentist to identify potential problems before they become critical.
Stay Healthy: Oral health and systemic health are integrated. Your dental implants depend on your bones and your bones depend on proper nutrition to remain healthy. Your bones also depend on regular stimulation to grow and maintain their density. Avoid a diet of soft, processed foods and eat a wide range of fresh, nutritious foods. Don’t forget to get sun–your bones depend on vitamin D, which your body produces in response to sun–and exercise–exercise improves circulation that keeps your bones healthy.
Begin Your All-on-4 Experience Today
The longest journey begins with a single step. If you’re looking for All-on-4 implant dentures in Westchester County, that first step is to call (914) 526-2144 for an appointment with an implant dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.