I am considering All-on-4 implants instead of an upper removable denture. I understand All-on-4 can take the force of chewing, but I am concerned about whether the implants will loosen with time. I don’t want to invest tons of money in a denture product that I will need to replace every few years. How long does All-on-4 remain stable? Thank you. Sterling from Annapolis, MD
Thank you for your question. Your concerns are valid, and we encourage you to keep gathering information to help you confidently decide if you want implant overdentures. Implant dentures are an efficient way to improve denture function and help your prosthesis (replacement teeth) last longer.
Will All-on-4 Implants Rock or Loosen?
Quality, accurately placed All-on-4 dental implants will not rock or loosen. We encourage you to select a credentialed doctor with advanced implant training to get predictable results. A periodontist (teeth, gums, and implant specialist) will use a 3-D cone beam CT scan to identify the optimal location for each implant. The specialist will place your implants in adequate bone and at precise angles to stabilize your denture. Careful placement and high-quality implants prevent the implants from rocking or loosening.
What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are fixed implant dentures. Implant screws fuse with your jawbone, and your dentist will screw your custom denture onto the implants. Unlike a removable denture, All-on-4 dental implants absorb the forces of biting and chewing. They improve denture function and your quality of life with dentures. You can socialize comfortably and enjoy eating your favorite foods again.
How Long Do All-on-4 Dental Implants Last?
The dental implant screws that support your denture can last 20 years or more—even a lifetime. As your denture wears out, you will need to replace it. The quality of your denture and how well your dentist attaches it to your implants can affect how long the denture lasts.
Schedule a consultation with a periodontist to get thorough answers about All-on-4 dental implants.