For those wanting All-on-4® dental implants, the first question they ask is typically “Do I qualify for the surgery?” Once their candidacy has been established, the next question is inevitably “How long do the implants last?” If you’re interested in this procedure and are also wanting to know about the longevity of the implants, you’re certainly not alone. After all, why get the procedure if it has to be repeated in just a few short years. However, the answer to the question of the long-term viability of your implants will depend largely on you.
Do What You Can Do for Your Implants
Your All-on-4 implants are designed to look and function just like real teeth. Thus, you need to follow standard dental care practice in caring for them. This includes:
• Daily Brushing and Flossing: It’s important to stay committed to a routine tooth cleaning schedule. This should include brushing for at least two minutes every morning and evening, as well as after meals. Use an antibacterial toothpaste to help combat plaque buildup. Flossing should also be done at least once a day.
• Controlling Sugar Intake: Food and drinks with high-sugar contents should be consumed sparingly as these can damage both your new set of teeth as well as your gums.
• Routine Follow-up Care: Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed schedule of follow-up appointments to check on the progress of your implants. Follow this schedule closely and don’t skip appointments.
While it’s difficult to put an exact number on how long your All-on-4 implants will last, adhering to the suggestions given above will help to prolong them. Those who have done so have reported long-term success rates as high as 98 percent.
With the right attitude and a firm commitment to their care on your part, your All-on-4 dental implants will be able to withstand the daily wear-and-tear that you’re sure to put them through for years to come. At the Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona we want to help you reclaim the smile of your youth and to keep on enjoying it for the rest of your life. For more information on the All-on-4 procedure, give us a call today.