Before you fork out a lot of cash for All-On-4® dental implants, one of the questions you will probably have is how long will these things last?
Right? Because if you’re going to make an investment like this in improving your mouth and smile, you want to know this isn’t something that’s going to last a few years and then you’ll have to do it all over again.
Well, if you’re concerned about that, we have good news for you. Chances are very high your All-On-4 dental implants will last a very long time.
There was a study published in 2011 in the Journal of the American Dental Association that looked at this very topic. Journals like this don’t exactly make for exciting reading but here’s the gist of what they found…
In looking at patients who had All-on-4 Implants over a 10 year period the implants held up for 10 years in a little over 98% of cases. That’s a pretty darn good track record.
There’s no longer term studies than this right now because All-On-4 is a newer treatment option. However, if they hold up that well for 10 years, it seems like it’s a fairly safe assumption that most will hold up much longer than that. No guarantees of course but, as you know, nothing in life is guaranteed.
Part of the reason All-On-4 implants hold up so well is due to the strong, long lasting materials they’re made out of.
Part of how long they last will, however, also be determined by how well you take care of them. Even with All-On-4 implants (or any implants, for that matter) you still need to take care of your mouth. That means daily brushing and flossing. It means controlling your sugar intake. And it means going for routine follow up care.
Do that and your All-On-4 dental implants should last a very long time.